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What is FlexRAID?

FlexRAID

FlexRAID is a family of storage data protection products that provide great flexibility and various innovations. The current product line includes:
  • RAID over File System (RAID-F)
  • Transparent RAID (tRAID)
Each product takes a different approach to data protection. As such, each product has a different set of advantages and disadvantages, and each is better suited for certain deployments.

The motivation behind FlexRAID

FlexRAID started as a simple idea with the key goals being simplicity and efficiency. It is easy to recognize that people are storing different type of data and that no one solution fits all data usage patterns. The storage industry has not yet recognized this aspect, and expensive and inefficient systems are being deployed all around. FlexRAID is trying to change that by being a smarter storage data management stack which is transparent enough to support storages with mix provisioning - Why can't a storage pool combine devices for high IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second), devices for archival purposes, and everything else in between? - Why can't we be fluid enough to establish different levels of data protection on different data residing in the same data array? What started as a simple neat idea layered with a good doze of out of the box thinking now has a unique placement in the storage industry.

Product Lines & Key Features

For more details on those features, check out those articles: - What is RAID-F? - What is Transparent RAID? - Storage Pooling in FlexRAID - RAID Engines in FlexRAID

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 +FlexRAID is a family of storage data protection products that provide great flexibility and various innovations.
 +The current product line includes:
 +<ul> <li>RAID over File System (RAID-F)</li>
 + <li>Transparent RAID (tRAID)</li>
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-FlexRAID is a highly scalable and smart storage system that turns independent hard drives of various sizes, makes, and models into storage pools and storage pools into storage clouds.+Each product takes a different approach to data protection. As such, each product has a different set of advantages and disadvantages, and each is better suited for certain deployments.
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-Additionally, FlexRAID provides both snapshot and real-time parity data protection with support for RAID4, RAID6, and RAIDX, where X is any number of tolerances desired. Parity data protection can be configured at the storage pool level and/or at the storage cloud level. 
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-Furthermore, FlexRAID is not limited to hard disks as it can pool data from all accessible sources including removable media, external storage, network shares, LUNs, disk arrays, etc. 
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-<b>Key features:</b> 
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-<li>The best RAID engines in the industry and the only solution to support RAID infinity 
-<li>Data centric, not Drive/Device centric (any data, any size, anywhere) 
-<li>Supports both Snapshot and Real-Time parity data protection 
-<li>Supports creating and expanding a storage pool with volumes/devices containing existing data 
-<li>Provides the greatest data safety possible and the lowest risk of data loss (*) 
-<li>Provides massive energy saving features (**) 
-- Multi-platforms support: FlexRAID runs on Windows, Linux and WHS 
-(*) Failure beyond the tolerance level will result only in partial data loss unlike all other solutions in the market which would result in complete data loss 
-(**) Allows drives to spin down: only the drive/device containing the accessed data will need to be activated when reading/writing to a storage pool 
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-<h3>The motivation behind FlexRAID</h3> +<h3><strong>The motivation behind FlexRAID</strong></h3>
FlexRAID started as a simple idea with the key goals being simplicity and efficiency. It is easy to recognize that people are storing different type of data and that no one solution fits all data usage patterns. The storage industry has not yet recognized this aspect, and expensive and inefficient systems are being deployed all around. FlexRAID started as a simple idea with the key goals being simplicity and efficiency. It is easy to recognize that people are storing different type of data and that no one solution fits all data usage patterns. The storage industry has not yet recognized this aspect, and expensive and inefficient systems are being deployed all around.
FlexRAID is trying to change that by being a smarter storage data management stack which is transparent enough to support storages with mix provisioning FlexRAID is trying to change that by being a smarter storage data management stack which is transparent enough to support storages with mix provisioning
- Why can't a storage pool combine devices for high IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second), devices for archival purposes, and everything else in between? - Why can't a storage pool combine devices for high IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second), devices for archival purposes, and everything else in between?
- Why can't we be fluid enough to establish different levels of data protection on different data residing in the same data array? - Why can't we be fluid enough to establish different levels of data protection on different data residing in the same data array?
What started as a simple neat idea layered with a good doze of out of the box thinking now has a unique placement in the storage industry. What started as a simple neat idea layered with a good doze of out of the box thinking now has a unique placement in the storage industry.
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-<h3>FlexRAID Storage Pooling and RAID Features</h3> +<h3>Product Lines & Key Features</h3>
For more details on those features, check out those articles: For more details on those features, check out those articles:
-- <a href="http:// wiki.flexraid.com/ ?p=85">FlexRAID's Storage Pooling</a> 
 +- <a href="http:// wiki.flexraid.com/about/what- is-raid-f/">What is RAID-F?</a>
 +- <a href="http:// wiki.flexraid.com/about/what- is-transparent-raid/">What is Transparent RAID?</a>
 +- <a href="http:// wiki.flexraid.com/ about/flexraid- storage-pooling/">Storage Pooling in FlexRAID</a>
-- <a href="http:// wiki.flexraid.com/ ?p=670">FlexRAID's RAID Engines</a> +- <a href="http:// wiki.flexraid.com/about/raid- engines/">RAID Engines in FlexRAID</a>
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