updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed April 9, 2008
CalDigit has announced HDElement, a new compact 4 bay storage device that works in conjunction with the CalDigit RAID card offering full hardware RAID capabilities. Users can connect up to 3 HDElements to the CalDigit RAID card. The HDElement is also bootable. CalDigit's RAID Shield GUI allows users to manage drives, run performance checks and monitor system settings are a snap. In the event of any errors, alerts or changes to the RAID array can send an email notification. The CalDigit RAID card offers dedicated Intel processor, and 256MB of built-in cache memory. This gives true hardware RAID capabilities via PCI-e expansion slot.
The new HDElement - 4 bay external drive enclosure, with RAID 0,1,5,6 & JBOD connected through external mini-sas) is capable of speeds of 350MB/s and retails for about $1 per gigabyte.