HighPoint has announced a new storage dock that is a rather simple one. It is called the RocketStor 5411A, and it runs over a USB 3.0 interface.
The storage dock will accept both 3.5" and 2.5" drives as long as they run over the SATA interface. It also has support for the newer 6 TB size hard drives, which might prove useful for a number of users. For those of you who wish to install smaller or older drives, that won't be a problem; the unit has support for SATA I, II, and III drives.
To use a docking station like this as external storage might not be the most practical solution, but if you're archiving data to disks or quickly retrieving archived data, such devices can prove useful. If you are using it as external storage, though, it will spin down the hard drive installed when there is no I/O activity, extending the drive lifespan and reducing energy consumption.
There was no exact word on pricing yet, though the unit is said to be the industry's most affordable.