updated 06:55 pm EDT, Thu May 15, 2008
RocketRAID firmware update
HighPoint Technologies recently announced a new firmware update to the RocketRAID 3522 SATA hardware RAID controller, which will support booting to Mac OS X on Apple Mac Pro and Xserve models released from (2006 through 2008). The RocketRAID 3522 is a PCI-Express x8 external hardware RAID controller with Intel IOP 341 (800MHz) RAID engine and will support up to 8 SATA hard drives.
The RocketRAID 3522 firmware is easily updated through the HighPoint RAID management web GUI utility. Firmware and drivers updates are available for download from the HighPoint website. The RocketRAID 3522 will boot to Mac OS X from a single drive or to a RAID 1(Mirror) drive for an extra, if needed, level of protection against a single drive failure.
For faster booting performance - RAID 0 (Striping) is supported and for even higher booting performance and protection, booting to RAID 5 or 6 (Single and Dual) parity RAID set is supported. The RocketRAID 3522 supports booting to Mac OS X (desktop and server) versions of 10.4.x (Tiger) and 10.5.x (Leopard).
The ability of the RocketRAID 3522 to boot Mac OS X on the Mac Pro and Xserve models addresses the needs from the Macintosh community for a RAID storage solution that will boot to redundant RAID storage that is powerful and protected. This update is available now at no cost and can be downloaded from HighPoint's website.