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Re: Install and RAID

On Tue, Jan 23, 2001 at 10:06:53AM -0500, Michael Stone wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 22, 2001 at 05:36:54PM -0500, Adam McKenna wrote:
> > This is a ridiculous discussion, IMHO.  Anyone who is serious about
> > protecting their data buys a hardware RAID controller.  Software RAID is a
> > hack, reserved for those few situations where someone wants to have raid but
> > is unwilling to shell out the few hundred dollars for a decent controller --
> > and you're saying we should make this the standard way of doing things?
> > Sorry, but I can't agree with that.
> Nothing like proof by assertion. FYI, your performance is likely to
> better with SW raid, it's easier to get multiple redundant data paths
> with SW raid, and your "few hundred dollar" HW raid solution is likely a
> POS by comparison. SW raid is certainly a viable contender until you get
> into the market of FC raid controllers on a fabric with failover data
> paths, mirrored controllers & memory, etc.--which cost a *lot* more than
> a few hundred dollars.

Besides software raid is much more flexible. It can easily be
achieved across sites. You can move mirrors easily. Where I work,
it has long been the preference (for flexibility and often performance)
over hardware raid. We even run SWR over HWR boxes running unraided.
Regards, Paul

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