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Discover how RAID can protect your valuable data!

 

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    About our RAID types

    Wouldn't you like to have a more solid and reliable disk subset? Whether it’s hardware failover or improved Input/Output performance, a RAID solution is definitely the way to go. RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a method to integrate multiple disks into a single array to achieve different performance goals. RAID options are available with the purchase of any dedicated server. Use our RAID calculation tool to compare or configure RAID options and drive sizes to increase your server's performance! For the best optimized configuration, we recommend selecting similar drive sizes.

     

    RAID 0 +

    • Description: RAID0 uses striping to spread your data blocks across the drives in the RAID array which greatly increases Input/Output performance, however, leaves you vulnerable to data loss in the case of drive failure. A backup drive or Remote Storage Service account are HIGHLY recommended with RAID0 configurations.
    • Disk Capacity: T = N * n
    • Input/Output Performance: Because I/O is spread across the drives, you have much better performance than a RAID1.
    • Minimum Number of Disks: At least two
    • Fault Tolerance: None
    • Backups: None provided. Off-site backups HIGHLY recommended. Click here to check out our Disaster Recovery Solutions.
    • Remote Storage: None provided. Click here to check out our Remote Storage Solutions.
     

    RAID 1 -

    • Description: RAID1 uses mirroring to store your data equally on two or more drives. Although RAID1 does not offer any increase in Input/Output performance, it does offer protection against hardware/drive failure as the array can lose 1 drive without going offline. RAID1 does not offer protection against human error or data corruption so a backup drive or Remote Storage Service account are HIGHLY recommended.
    • Disk Capacity: T = (N * n ) / 2
    • Input/Output Performance: While having the same write performance of a single disk, RAID1 offers double the read rate of a single drive.
    • Minimum Number of Disks: Two
    • Fault Tolerance: Great. One disk in an array can fail without data being affected. Hot-swap possible with hardware RAID controller (recommended).
    • Backups: None provided. Off-site backups HIGHLY recommended. Click here to check out our Disaster Recovery Solutions.
    • Remote Storage: None provided. Click here to check out our Remote Storage Solutions.
     

    RAID 5 -

    • Description: RAID5 offers fault tolerance with parity. Blocks of data are stored across all drives in the array so the system can support up to 1 drive failure and operate normally, similar to RAID1. The difference between RAID1 and RAID5 is that RAID5 offers a vast improvement in Input/Output performance over a single drive or a RAID1 array. RAID5 does not offer protection against human error or data corruption so a backup drive or Remote Storage Service account are HIGHLY recommended.
    • Disk Capacity: T = (N * n) - N
    • Input/Output Performance: High read transaction rate. Medium write transaction rate. Low ratio of parity disks to data means high efficiency.
    • Minimum Number of Disks: At least three
    • Fault Tolerance: Great. One disk in an array can fail while array continues to operate normally and without data being lost. Hot-swap possible with hardware RAID controller (recommended).
    • Backups: None provided. Off-site backups HIGHLY recommended. Click here to check out our Disaster Recovery Solutions.
    • Remote Storage: None provided. Click here to check out our Remote Storage Solutions.
     

    RAID 10 -

    • Description: RAID10 is a complex array which combines the great I/O benefits of a RAID0 with the hardware failure protections of RAID1. In essence, RAID10 is a RAID1 (mirroring) or RAID0 arrays so you get much, much better Input/Output performance than you would with any other array above. RAID10 does not offer protection against human error or data corruption so a backup drive or Remote Storage Service account are HIGHLY recommended.
    • Disk Capacity: T = (N * n) / 2
    • Input/Output Performance: High read transaction rate. Medium write transaction rate. One more parity disk than RAID5.
    • Minimum Number of Disks: At least four
    • Fault Tolerance: Excellent. Two disks in an array can fail while array continues to operate normally and without data being lost. Hot-swap possible with hardware RAID controller (recommended).
    • Backups: None provided. Off-site backups HIGHLY recommended. Click here to check out our Disaster Recovery Solutions.
    • Remote Storage: None provided. Click here to check out our Remote Storage Solutions.