Posted 01 January 2012 - 19:21
Have not seen any systems prebuilt available for quite some time actually -- if you like unraid, you should also take a look at flexraid -- runs in windows, don't have to wipe drives to create your pool. Kind of like drive extender in older version of WHS if you ask me. But sure you can put together some really sweet boxes that can do easy 15 some drives for not pretty low budgets.
My point is there are many ways to skin the cat and provide parity for your large collection of files, etc.
And want to make this VERY VERY CLEAR!!!! Parity is NOT A BACKUP!!!
So make sure your CRITICAL FILES ARE BACKED UP -- not just in some array with parity..
Its just seems people get so stuck in their ways -- raid 5, raid 1, etc.. Where more and more data is stored in the home, mostly video media I am talking about, and sure storage of your ISO's etc.. Where today your using 2TB, but you want to rip your BluRay collection and it make it available on your 60" TV using some player like popcorn hour or wdtv, appleTV, or any other HTPC, etc.. You need large amounts of storage! And it may have to expand very very quickly -- and you might not always have the same size drives around and want to use them, etc.
Again Parity in some array is NOT a BACKUP -- but it does provide you some protection from hardware failure, so that when that 1 drive dies you do not have to recover from your backup, your data is still available while that 1 drive is offline, etc.
So as we need more and more space - and next month we want double that. The old school Raid 5's and 1's etc.. just no longer cut it if you ask me! I want my data in 1 pool to make it easy to access from any device, and I want parity as well -- and I don't want to recover ALL my data from backup or rerip from the original media on loss of just 1 drive, or for that matter with these new systems even if loss of more than 1 drive you just have to restore/rebuilt/rerip the data that was on the drives that failed -- you don't have to restore the whole array!