RAID File Server

Improve storage performance with a Thinkmate RAID file server

A RAID file server provides businesses of any size with storage solutions that deliver superior performance and enhanced resiliency at a lower cost. When you're looking for the most robust RAID storage technology available today, Thinkmate provides proven and tested RAID file server solutions based on a hardened RAID code that is resold by most of the top tier computer manufacturers today.

The flexibility of a RAID file server

A redundant array of independent disks (RAID) solution provides one of the most flexible storage technologies available for IT teams as they seek to solve the challenges of rapidly growing volumes of data.

A RAID storage server is a collection of two or more disks that are physically linked together to create a single, logical storage system. Depending on how you configure a RAID file server, you can meet critical objectives for increasing the speed of serving data, improving data reliability, enhancing data availability – or accomplishing all three with certain RAID configurations.

Configuring a RAID file server requires IT teams to make choices related to:

  • Performance requirements
  • Data protection or data availability
  • Cost of data storage

Emphasizing any of these factors requires a trade-off for another. For example, a RAID file server that achieves high availability will be more expensive, while lower-cost configurations will need to sacrifice performance or availability. But the flexibility to configure a RAID system in a wide variety of ways provides IT teams with more options to meet the changing needs of an organization's data center.

Leading RAID file server solutions from Thinkmate

As an innovative provider of customized server, storage, and other computer solutions, Thinkmate provides RAID data protection solutions that have been proven over years of use in demanding environments. With more than 25 years of SCSI development experience, we provide RAID file server technology with that our customers count on to deliver exceptional reliability and superior quality at highly competitive pricing.

Our RAID solutions include nearline storage solutions and JBOD solutions that are ideal for RAID configuration.

Choosing the ideal RAID configuration

A RAID file server uses striping, mirroring, and parity storage techniques to achieve different objectives for performance, data availability, data protection, and cost-efficiency. Common configurations include:

  • RAID 0 uses striping (where blocks of data are spread out across multiple disk drives) to deliver maximum performance at low cost but provides no redundancy – a single disk failure would lead to complete data loss. A RAID 0 server is used primarily for fast access to large capacity temporary disk storage where data could easily be reloaded in the case of a disk failure without impacting the business.
  • RAID 1 uses mirroring (maintaining duplicate sets of data on separate drives) to provide a cost-effective storage solution with high fault tolerance. A RAID 1 server delivers data protection insurance where absolute redundancy, availability and performance are key, and where cost-per-gigabyte stored is a secondary consideration.
  • RAID 1E combines data striping from RAID 0 with data mirroring from RAID 1, enabling configuration with an odd number of disks.
  • RAID 5 uses striping with parity – a technique designed to provide fault-tolerant data storage without required duplication like RAID 1 and RAID 1E. RAID 5 is the standard in server environments that require fault tolerance.
  • RAID 5EE provides the protection of RAID 5 with higher I/Os per second by utilizing one more drive, efficiently distributing data across the spare for improved I/O access.
  • RAID 6 uses striping with dual parity to provide extremely high fault tolerance and drive failure tolerance by striping data across several physical drives using a second parity scheme that is distributed across different drives. A RAID 6 server requires a minimum of four disks to be configured, with a usable capacity equal to two fewer disks than the total number of drives available in the RAID set.
  • RAID 10 combines RAID 0 striping and RAID 1 mirroring techniques to achieve the performance of striping while delivering the redundancy of mirroring. The usable capacity of RAID 10 is 50% of available disk drives, making this configuration a more costly one. The usable capacity of a RAID 10 server is 50% of available disk drives.
  • RAID 50 combines multiple RAID 5 sets with RAID 0 (striping) to improve capacity and performance without adding disks to each RAID 5 array, which would decrease data availability and could negatively impact performance.
  • RAID 60 combines multiple RAID 6 sets with RAID 0 (striping), increasing capacity and performance without adding disks to each RAID six array (which would decrease data availability and could impact performance in a degraded mode).

Thinkmate: Your premier source for RAID file server solutions

As a world-class provider of custom computer and server equipment since 1986, Thinkmate provides custom-configured RAID file server solutions for clients in a wide range of industries. Our deep technical knowledge across a variety of products and technologies provides our customers with a single source of consultation, advice, and support in addition to leading-edge equipment.

Customers count on Thinkmate for:

  • Server and storage solutions that are 100% custom-configured to meet their needs.
  • Exceptional reliability, thanks to detailed reliability records and our own stress-testing production processes.
  • Highly competitive pricing, the result of the same direct relationships with suppliers as our larger competitors.
  • Made-in-the-USA solutions, built in our state-of-the-art facilities in Massachusetts.
  • A 3-year warranty with advanced parts replacement that comes standard with all Thinkmate solutions.
  • Outstanding customer service that ensures you can speak to a real person – not a robot – to get fast answers to questions and resolution of issues.

FAQs: What is a RAID file server?

What is a RAID file server?

RAID is an acronym for redundant array of independent disks (or redundant array of expensive disks). A RAID file server is a solution for data storage that combines multiple, less-expensive drives into a single storage solution.

Why use a RAID file server?

A RAID file server is a cost-effective way to increase storage capacity while achieving greater data protection, higher data availability and/or faster performance.

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