Posts Tagged 'raid'

Need More Storage?

LaCie knows what you’re thinking, “I need more, faster storage”. Here’s your answer. Up to 4 TB of RAID storage in a LaCie external casing, but that’s not all. Instead of the boring (and slow) USB 2.0, this one’s got a fresh USB 3.0 interface for fast and speedy data transfer. Approx 205 MB per second transfer rate, now that’s fast. Configurable for RAID 0 or RAID 1 for added data protection. It’s got a 3 year warranty by the way. Added heat sink to keep things cool but I’d prefer to see something with a fan in my opinion. Prices start at $350.

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Gadget: MicroSD CF raid adapter

Confusing title? Indeed. For those of you amateur photographers still living in the dark ages using compact flash as your media of choice this little gadget may be for you. I’m sure (like everyone) you have a collection of microSD cards just lying around going to waste. Make that flash memory relevant again by plugging them into this fancy compact flash adapter. What’s so special? It’s a mini RAID 0 adapter. That’s right. You plug in your microSD cards, and it makes it one big CF storage unit. Yay! Your DSLR camera from the last decade is useful once again.
(but won’t the read/write speed be slow? you ask … yes, yes it will. Let me distract you by shaking my car keys in your face …)

WTF is RAID?

Often terms get thrown around the office that aren’t always apparently clear. When it comes to technology it’s hard to always be on top of the ball. However the term “RAID” is definitely one you should get to know. Gizmodo has done a great writeup on the what a RAID is and the various types of set ups. For the most part you only need to be concerned with RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 5 as these are the most common forms you will run into in the wild. Mirror, span, striped, parity, redundancy, just do a Google search and read up on your tech already.

Feeling a bit more adventurous? How about setting up your own RAID at home? Go to Lifehacker and just do it. Your spouse just might thank you when that crusty old hard drive decides to crap out and the RAID you set up saves the day. OR you can be really lazy and go to the local electronics store and pick up a little NAS box to do the job for you. Man, you really are lazy!

Netgear bolsters NAS lineup

The ReadyNAS NVX (NAS and iSCSI support) a storage system for SOHO. Features file sharing, remote access, easy backup and data recovery for users with limited IT knowledge. Windows, UNIX/Linux and Mac operating systems. Perfect for server storage email, SQL, and other databases. Support for Time Machine (Mac), Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), Bonjour software (device auto discovery) attached to the LAN. Multiple PCs backed up to a single destination for quick recovery from data failures. Bi-directional backup using SMB or CIFS, HTTP, FTP, NFS and rsync. Three 2.0 USB ports, RAID 0/1/5, encryption/SSL, quiet sync and smart sync resume, FAT32, Ext2, Ext3, and NTFS.

4 drive bay storage available now for $1,500 for 2 TB of storage capacity. Full 24/7 technical support and a 5 year warranty. Free 30 day online backup service for all ReadyNAS systems ($5.95/month for end users, $19.95/month commercial). Netgear ReadyNAS

Super Talent 2TB PCI-E SSD

Get ready for a flood of PCI express solid state drives. Super Talent Technology announced RAIDDrive. The technology boasts faster data transfer speeds for flash memory. This further expands their product offering in the SSD industry.

Turbocharged DRAM Cache and fully battery backed to prevent data loss during power outages. Read speeds of 1.2GB/s and write speeds of 1.3GB/s. Let’s just say, it’s just damn fast. Expected to launch in June. Full support for RAID and data protection.

Thecus N3200PRO NAS

I’m sure you’ve seen NAS (network attached storage) before so what’s so different about the N3200PRO? It’s powered by an AMD Geodeā„¢ CPU. It supports 3 SATA drives, RAID 5, a little lcd keeps you in the loop of your drive status. Connect a USB wireless adapter and you won’t even have to worry about network cables. Share photos and even set up an iTunes music server or, for the security conscious, plug in a webcam and keep tabs on the babysitter. A simple data solution for the home user. Never have to worry about data recovery with a RAID set up protecting your data. Now, what was that nanny wearing again? (link)

Intel SSD’s fastest ever

So it’s official now. Intel’s SSD’s are the fastest ever! Placed in a RAID 0 with an nVidia RAID controller topped out at 396MB/s read and 130MB/s write. Although at $600 for an 80GB nobody is rushing out to buy them, just yet. Perhaps there’s an enterprise level company waiting to try an SSD server setup out there somewhere. It would be interesting to see what the long term viability would be for something like this. Can SSD’s survive heavy use in the long run?


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