RAID Storage

Better performance and protection with Thinkmate RAID storage

When you want the performance, resiliency and lower costs of a RAID storage solution, it pays to turn to a RAID storage provider with proven development experience and hardware that has been tested through years of use in demanding environments. That's why, when selecting RAID storage server technology, more companies today turn to products from Thinkmate.

RAID storage delivers cost-effective data access and protection

Adding a RAID file server to your storage configuration is one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain both data protection and access. RAID (which stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks or Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a storage system that physically links together two or more disks to create a single, logical large-capacity storage system that can deliver superior performance, increased resiliency and lower costs.

RAID storage features a number of configurations that use striping, mirroring, and parity storage methods to achieve different levels of performance, data protection, data availability, and cost-effectiveness.

Typically, the choice with these configurations for RAID storage comes down to a trade-off between lower costs and higher availability/performance. Striping splits data into blocks and writes them across RAID devices to improve performance. Mirroring stores identical copies of data on RAID storage devices to improve fault tolerance and performance. Parity uses striping and checksum methods that allow missing blocks to be recalculated from a checksum to provide fault tolerance for RAID storage hardware.

Thinkmate offers the most robust RAID storage

With more than 24 years of SCSI development experience, only Thinkmate provides the most robust RAID storage data protection available today. Our solutions are based on a hardened RAID code that has been tested over years of use in demanding environments and is resold by many of the top tier manufacturers of computing hardware.

Thinkmate provides a wide range of RAID controllers and RAID storage devices that can be custom-configured to meet your exact data protection needs.

Selecting the right RAID storage configuration

To choose the RAID level that's right for you, begin by considering the advantages and disadvantages of these RAID storage configurations:

  • RAID 0: Striping – A RAID 0 server offers low cost and maximum performance but no fault tolerance - a single disk failure results in total data loss.
  • RAID 1: Mirroring – A RAID 1 server provides cost-effective, high fault tolerance for configurations with two disk drives by maintaining duplicate sets of all data on separate disk drives.
  • RAID 1E: Striped Mirroring - Combines data striping from RAID 0 with data mirroring from RAID 1. Data written in a stripe on one disk is mirrored to a stripe on the next drive in the array.
  • RAID 5: Striped with parity – A RAID 5 server uses data striping in a technique designed to provide fault-tolerant data storage without required duplication like RAID 1 and RAID 1E.
  • RAID 5EE: Hot spare - Provides the protection of RAID 5 with higher I/Os per second by utilizing one more drive.
  • RAID 6: Striping with dual parity - Data is striped across several physical drives and dual parity is used to store and recover data, providing better fault tolerance than RAID 5.
  • RAID 10: Striping and mirroring – A RAID 10 server combines RAID 0 striping and RAID 1 mirroring to provide the improved performance of striping with the redundancy of mirroring.
  • RAID 50: Striping - Combines multiple RAID 5 sets with RAID 0 (striping) that helps to increase capacity and performance without adding disks to each RAID 5 array. This offers the benefits of RAID 5 while allowing many more disks to be incorporated into a single logical drive.
  • RAID 60: Striping and striping with dual parity - Combines multiple RAID 6 sets with RAID 0 (striping) and allows the failure of two disks in each RAID 6 array. Striping helps to increase capacity and performance without adding disks to each RAID 6 array (which would decrease data availability and could impact performance in degraded mode).

Why choose RAID storage from Thinkmate?

Thinkmate has been providing clients with custom-configured RAID storage solutions for 25+ years. With in-depth engineering competencies, dedicated account managers, and global support for our validated, pre-engineered solutions, we deliver the power and performance our customers need for their most critical and demanding professional applications.

Thinkmate also provides:

  • Exceptional customer service where our clients can speak with a real person, rather than a robot, for answers to questions and resolutions to issues.
  • An award-winning, 3-year warranty that provides advanced parts replacement.
  • Equipment made in the USA in our state-of-the-art facilities in Norwood, MA.
  • Competitive pricing, thanks to the same direct relationship with suppliers that our larger competitors boast of.
  • Custom-configured solutions that are 100% tailored to your needs.
  • Highly reliable equipment, thanks to our detailed reliability records and our stress testing production processes.

FAQs: What is RAID storage?

What is RAID storage?

RAID, an acronym for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a data storage solution that stores data on multiple discs and improves performance by allowing input/output (I/O) operations to overlap in a balanced way.

What are the benefits of RAID storage?

By storing data redundantly on multiple disks, RAID storage increases the mean time between failures to increase fault tolerance. RAID storage can also improve overall performance and increase storage capacity in a system.

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