RAID—redundant array of inexpensive disks—is one way of either getting more capacity or more data security out of your storage system. If you’re willing to commit enough disks, you can get both speed and performance improvements. Today, though, we’re going to take a look at the RAID controllers built onto motherboards, delve briefly into Microsoft’s software RAID and Intel's SRT, and show you how to set up a simple RAID setup.
HighPoint, maker of high performance host bus adapters (HBAs) and other storage solutions, tells us it's now shipipng its latest SAS 6Gbps HBA, the RocketRAID 2711. Intended for workstations and entry-level servers, the RocketRAID 2711 is an external 4-port, SAS 6Gbps PCI-E 2.0 x8 RAID controller that supports up to four SAS/SATA devices.
We're on a roll this week! As work wraps up on the November issue (yes, already; mag deadlines are a bear!), we're finding time for the finer things in life, like Episode 177 of the No BS Podcast. And this: a new installment of Forum Feature!
H E X E N is documenting his first-ever mod, a retrofit of Corsair's H100 cooler into an Antec Nine Hundred chassis.
The basic idea behind the PopDrive is a good one: a sleek, portable external enclosure that holds two 2.5-inch drives in RAID 1, to protect against the risk of data loss due to drive failure. Add in support for user notification emails, hotswap drive bays, and a relatively speedy 3Gb/s eSATA port, and it sounds like you’ve got yourself a winner. And you might, eventually.
If you're finding that, as you get older, your digital file collection is growing faster than your receding hairline, then OWC's Mercury Elite-Al Pro Qx2 storage container might be just what you've been looking for. Inside this desktop sized aluminum enclosure is up to 12GB of storage/backup, which is provided by up to four 3TB hard drives in four hot swappable drive bays. And yes, it supports RAID, as well as a host of other technologies. More specs after the jump.
Google opened a can of worms when it fessed up to possessing payload data from open Wi-Fi networks in over 30 countries. Although it immediately approached regulators around the world with a proposal to quickly dispose of the data gathered by Street View cars, not all regulators were willing to allow the internet giant's request. Some of them have even launched criminal probes into the matter.
“We intend to find out what kinds of data they have collected and how much. We will try to retrieve all the original data illegally collected and stored through domestic Wi-Fi networks from the Google headquarters,” the Cyber Terror Response Center of the Korean National Police Agency said in a statement confirming the raid.
OCZ is hoping its new RevoDrive will bring PCI-E based SSD storage to the masses, and given the price points, that's a real possibility.
The drive comes in both 120GB and 240GB capacities with MSRPs set at $390 and $700, respectively. Not exactly cheap, but in line with what other high-performance SSDs are going for. And unlike their SATA based brethren, the RevoDrive SSDs aren't bound by the same bottlenecks.
"The RevoDrive is the first PCIe SSD that delivers both performance and affordability and radically alters the SSD landscape," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "Up to this point PCIe SSDs have been reserved for enterprise applications and priced out of the range of many consumers, the bootable RevoDrive SSD changes the game by delivering a PCIe based solution that costs as low as $3 per gigabyte, exceptional small file write IOPS of over 80K, which is the most available in any low-cost solution."
The RevoDrive features a proprietary RAID 0 design that helps it ramp up transfer rates to up to 540MB/s read and up to 480MB/s write speeds, or nearly twice that of traditional SATA-based SSDs.
I read your answer regarding partition resizing with 64-bit Vista (“64-Bit Partition Resizer,” December 2009). My 1TB of storage consists of two 500GB hard drives in RAID 0. I would like to shrink my partition to allow a dual-boot with 64-bit Windows 7. Should Vista’s Disk Management utility be able to handle this (the menu option I get is Shrink Volume)?
Read the Doctor's answer for Lawrence after the jump.
SGi this week announced the release of its InfiniteStorage 5000 RAID storage system. With an advanced feature-set and flexible configuration options, SGI hopes to attract mid-market customers. It's also SGI's first storage system to employ 6Gbps SAS technology, the company said.
"As data volumes in the enterprise continue to grow, increased performance, reduced power consumption and system flexibility are of primary concern to customers," said Rick Chapek, SGI senior vice president of hardware engineering. "By utilizing 6 Gb/s SAS technology, SGI InfiniteStorage 5000 brings performance, reliability and a strong feature set normally seen in high-end Fibre Channel systems to an aggressive entry-level price point."
On the performance front, SGI's swank new device pushes up to 4,000MB/s on sustained reads from disk, which is 4x faster than the company's previous generation product. It also boasts 40,000 IOPS random disk reads, or twice as much as before.
The InfiniteStorage 5000 is available now with pricing provided upon request.
Sometimes a company just does something unnecessarily extravagant to get attention. This time the company is Patriot, and the extravagance is building a PC with 40 SSDs in one huge array. This feat was accomplished using 5 LSI Mega RAID SAS/SATA 9260-8i raid cards to connect up the 40 TorqX SSDs. The System also packs two 1000w Thermaltake power supplies, and a server board with dual Xeons and 48GB of DDR3 RAM.
We would like very much to play with this system, but it’s unlikely that Patriot will be letting it out of their sight. According to a questionable claim apparently made by a Patriot rep, the system would be able to rip a Blu-Ray in 0.9 seconds. Technically, we’ve never seen an optical drive capable of that sort of read speed. It’s possible this was just a ham-handed attempt to show the speed of the drives. If so, the array is able to write about 8GB per second. Yeah, we’d take that.