RAID Storage Server

Increase performance and redundancy with a RAID storage server

For data center architects, a RAID storage server provides a flexible and cost-effective solution for managing rapidly growing data volumes and constantly evolving data storage needs. Built with a redundant array of independent disks, RAID storage solutions offer greater resiliency, faster performance and higher data availability while minimizing the cost of acquiring and provisioning storage devices.

Thinkmate offers a broad range of RAID file server solutions that enable businesses of every size to deploy leading-edge technology with exceptional customer support, at highly competitive pricing that ensures organizations can derive the greatest value from their investment in RAID storage server technology.

The technology behind RAID storage solutions

RAID storage servers are configured with two or more drives, using storage virtualization technology to create one or more logical units that can deliver higher reliability, availability, performance, and capacity while minimizing the cost of storage technology.

In RAID storage server solutions, data is distributed across multiple drives using several techniques. Different RAID configurations can emphasize performance, redundancy, usable capacity, and cost-savings. A RAID storage server may be configured using:

  • Striping, where data is mapped across several drives to create a larger virtual drive that enables faster performance.
  • Mirroring, where data on one drive is mirrored on another to improve redundancy and data availability.
  • Parity, where a small amount of data accurately describes and can be used to recover larger amounts of data in the case of disk failure.

Each method of writing data to a RAID storage server offers advantages and trade-offs in the speed of performance, the ease with which drives can be rebuilt after failure, the amount of total storage capacity that can be used to store data, and the cost of the configured RAID system.

Choose a Thinkmate RAID storage server

As a leading provider of storage and server solutions for business, educational institutions, and government agencies, Thinkmate offers more than 25 years of SCSI development experience along with the most robust RAID data protection available on the market today. Based on a hardened RAID code that has been proven over years of use in the most demanding environments, Thinkmate RAID storage servers are resold by most of the top tier manufacturers of computing equipment.

Thinkmate offers a variety of storage solutions that can be utilized for RAID storage servers, including:

  • JBOD storage that is ideal for RAID configurations, providing dependable, high-capacity drives in a variety of form factors.
  • Nearline storage servers that offer HDD capacities up to 8TB along with SATA or SAS interfaces, ideal for RAID arrays as well as high-performance computing and high-reliability cloud storage.
  • NAS storage solutions that provide low-cost bulk storage that balances high capacity and performance, along with support for Areca's PCI based RAID adapters.

A wide range of storage technologies

Thinkmate storage solutions can be figured in a wide range of RAID configurations.

  • A RAID 0 server uses striping to achieve maximum performance at low cost but provides no redundancy – a single disk failure will lead to complete data loss. RAID 0 is ideal for environments that require fast access to large capacity temporary disk storage, where data disk failure won't impact the business because data can be easily reloaded to a drive.
  • A RAID 1 server uses mirroring to provide a cost-effective storage solution with high fault tolerance. RAID 1 is used when absolute redundancy, availability, and performance are essential and where cost per usual gigabyte is less of a concern.
  • A RAID 5 server uses striping with parity to deliver excellent performance and high fault tolerance.
  • A RAID 6 server uses striping with dual parity to provide extremely high fault tolerance and drive failure tolerance.
  • A RAID 10 server combines RAID 0 striping and RAID 1 mirroring techniques to achieve the performance of striping and the redundancy of mirroring. RAID 10 is more costly, as usable capacity is only 50% of available disk drives.
  • A RAID 50 server combines multiple RAID 5 sets with RAID 0 to improve capacity and performance without adding disks to each RAID 5 array.
  • A RAID 60 server combines multiple RAID 6 sets with RAID 0 to increase capacity and performance without adding disks to each RAID 6 array.

Why source your RAID storage servers from Thinkmate

Every RAID storage server from Thinkmate can be 100% customized to meet the needs of any computing environment. Our world-class configurator provides more customizable options than any other online system builder, and our clearly marked prices on every machine and every component take the mystery out of costing out a Thinkmate machine.

The exceptional reliability of our equipment enables us to offer a 3-year warranty with advanced parts replacement, and the superior quality of our technology has made us a #1 server solutions provider for more than 25 years.

Additionally, we provide a shopping experience that is unmatched in the industry, and support services that help customers get fast answers to questions and resolution of issues. Every Thinkmate machine is made in the USA at our state-of-the-art facilities in Massachusetts, and our highly competitive pricing – thanks to our direct relationships with the same companies who supply parts to the big-name manufacturers – ensures that our customers can affordably provision the best equipment for their data center needs.

FAQs: What is a RAID storage server?

What is a RAID storage server?

A RAID storage server is a data storage solution that's built on a redundant array of independent disks (RAID), combining multiple disk drives to create a single logical unit through storage virtualization.

Why choose RAID technology?

RAID storage servers provide a cost-effective way to increase capacity, improve performance, achieve greater data protection, and higher data availability.

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