RAID 6 Server

Increasing redundancy and fault tolerance with a RAID 6 server

When you need a data storage solution that delivers extremely high fault tolerance and drive-failure tolerance, a RAID 6 server provides highly reliable technology at an affordable price. RAID 6 servers are often used for environments like archiving where data retention periods are quite long and where the need for superior performance is not as important, since the dual parity technology of a Level 6 RAID storage server offers a slower write performance.

Thinkmate provides leading RAID storage solutions that combine excellent reliability and support with highly competitive pricing, delivering technology that customers in a wide variety of industries can completely customize to their needs.

How a RAID 6 server is configured

RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a technology for data storage virtualization that combines multiple drives into a single logical unit, enabling data centers to improve performance, redundancy, availability, and capacity.

Data may be stored on RAID drives using several techniques. Mirroring replicates the data on one drive to one or more separate drives, helping to improve redundancy and data availability. Striping writes data in blocks across several drives to increase performance. And parity is a way of using a small amount of data to describe larger data sets, and to rebuild data after a drive failure.

A RAID 6 server uses striping to store data across several physical drives, and dual parity to store and recover data. This configuration tolerates the failure of two drives in an array, improving fault tolerance over a RAID 5 server or a RAID 10 server, for example. RAID 6 requires a minimum of four disks, and usable capacity is always two less than the total number of disk drives available in the RAID array.

RAID technology from Thinkmate

Thinkmate provides RAID storage solutions that are backed by more than 25 years of SCSI development experience and that offer the most robust RAID data protection available today. With a hardened RAID code that has been proven over years of use in demanding environments, Thinkmate RAID servers are resold by most of the top-tier computer manufacturers.

With solutions for any RAID configuration – from a RAID 0 or RAID 1 server to RAID 50 or RAID 60 servers – Thinkmate provides customers with leading-edge technology they can count on to provide reliability and value with excellent customer service.

Thinkmate RAID storage solutions include:

  • JBOD storage for RAID or JBOD expansion.
  • Nearline storage for RAID arrays and high-performance computing.
  • NAS storage solutions that are capacity-optimized and provide support for Areca's PCI based RAID adapters.

Building your RAID 6 server

Thinkmate provides a world-class configurator that makes it easy to cost out, compare and order a RAID 6 server or any other server, storage or workstation solution. After narrowing our wide range of solutions by type of storage, platform, form factor, maximum RAM, and type of drives available, you can completely customize your server by choosing from a wide list of options. Select processors, memory, storage drives, network cards, software and more, with the cost of each component clearly marked and a running total of the cost of your choices appearing at the top of the page. As you build your machine, our expert solution architects are available to answer questions or make sure you're configuring the right machine for your environment.

The benefits of Thinkmate RAID storage solutions

Thinkmate's RAID servers provide:

  • Industry-leading reliability, thanks to our detailed reliability records, stress testing protocol, and a 3-year warranty with advanced parts replacement.
  • A commitment to superior customer service, where every member of our company is dedicated to helping you acquire the solution you need and where you'll always find a live person when you contact us by phone, email or chat.
  • Highly competitive pricing thanks to our strong relationships with direct suppliers.
  • Superior quality that has made us a #1 server solutions provider for more than 25 years.

FAQs: What is a RAID 6 server?

What is a RAID 6 server?

A RAID 6 server is a data storage solution that uses a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) configuration with dual parity to provide very high fault tolerance. RAID 6 uses striping to write data across multiple disks and double parity to provide fault tolerance against two disk drive failures.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a RAID 6 server?

The advantages of a RAID 6 server include greater reliability thanks to the extra parity block, which allows two drives to fail at once without breaking the array. Disadvantages include slower performance for write operations because of the extra overhead associated with parity calculations.


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