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Re: Kona RAID level... polling the forum?

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Ramona HowardRe: Kona RAID level... polling the forum?
by on Jun 11, 2008 at 6:21:37 pm

RAID set up really depends on the application and the hardware.

RAID 0 can be used when the video is view as temporary. "I put it here to print it there", "I just need to see my work". "I have a backup"

The advantage is there is no rebuild time if a failure occurs. Some may be able to move the backed up content back onto the unit FASTER than it takes to do a rebuild.

RAID 5 offers the ability to loose a drive in the array without loosing the content. Depending on the thruput of your array, you may be able to play content even with a dropped drive, which does not shut you down for hours.

The disadvantage is yes, the rebuild time. Not a disadvantage if your rebuild can happen in the background and your unit can still be used while doing so. If it is not up to par, then you will be dead in the water for hours (the time will depend on the total capacity of your unit).

We have some customers running a Rave in both Raid 0 and Raid 5, since we offer two arrays on every unit and with mirroring and syncing they really get the benefit of both worlds. Oh they are all so clever......

Others run completely in RAID 0, others all in RAID 5.

There is no right or wrong answer here or a black and white one. It all depends on your workflow and the tools, hardware and expertise you have in it.

Cheers,
Ramona



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