RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks or solid-state drives to protect data in the case of a drive failure. RAID also commonly known as “Array of Independent Disks” is a technology used for data storage virtualization. It is an integration of multiple physical disk drive components into a single logical unit for the data redundancy, performance improvement, or sometimes both.
RAID incorporates the technique of disk mirroring or disk striping, which involves partitioning the drive’s storage space into units ranging from a sector (512 bytes) up to several megabytes. RAID provides a gateway to store the same data in different places on multiple hard disks, which results in data mirroring on one or more disks in the same array so that if one disk fails, the data is preserved. By placing data on multiple disks, input/output (I/O) operations offer the option of reading or writing to more than one disk at the same time in a balanced way, for improved performance.
Types of RAID
RAID is the use of multiple disks to manage HDD data using a range of different techniques. These are typically divided into 7 levels ; RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 2, RAID 3, RAID 4, RAID 5 and RAID 6. With a combination of these, nested arrays can also be formed to fulfill the purpose of an organization. They all differ in terms of data deployment and the type of redundancy offered. There are different RAID levels, however, and not all have the goal of providing redundancy.
Today, as expensive dedicated HDDs have all but disappeared from the market, the “I” in RAID has come to represent “Independent”. It has also become popular to mix and match the various RAID level technologies to provide more specific cost reductions and performance enhancements. Both software RAID and hardware RAID are available for installation.
Software RAID can be implemented through features that combine multiple disk devices connected directly to a host computer (typically via a SCSI interface) and regard them as a single logical memory device. This feature introduced with the operating systems Windows NT/2000 is commonly used.
With Hardware RAID, a control component, independent of the host CPU implements RAID. The two most popular methods of Hardware RAID are via PCI bus connection to the host computer using a card, or integrated with the disk drive and connected to the host computer via fiber channel or SCSI.
Hardware RAID is by far the most common method in full-fledged server systems, as it places no additional processing burdens on the server.
Importance of RAID
A Complete Cream of this topic is very important to enhance industry productivity. A thorough analysis of the market based on product portfolio, applications, price, production processes can be made once in-depth knowledge is made on RAIDS. Since data storage is one of the most challenging situations in this world of data overload. Everything has been digitized and backups are prepared in different ways to provide security and consistency to data access.
RAID plays a major role in storing data and its various types allow multiple organizations to choose as per their function. A thorough understanding of this helps in the development of trends, revenue analysis, market share, market dynamics, and opportunities in existing and emerging segments. Various segments can be created for implementation focusing on technological advancements, equipment upgrades, and process updates, to reduce costs and improve quality.
Benefits of RAID
- An improvement in cost-effectiveness due to the maximum usage of lower-priced disks.
- The use of multiple hard drives enables RAID to improve on the performance of a single hard drive.
- Increased computer speed and reliability after a crash as per the configuration.
- Since the file system is split up and distributed across drives that work together on the same file, Reads and writes can be performed faster than with a single drive with RAID 0.
- There is increased availability and resiliency with RAID 5. With mirroring, RAID arrays can have two drives containing the same data; ensuring one will continue to work if the other fails.
Downsides of using RAID
RAID does have major downsides, however. Some of these include:
- Nested RAID levels are more expensive to implement than traditional RAID levels because they require a greater number of disks.
- The cost per gigabyte of storage devices is higher for nested RAID because many of the drives are used for redundancy.
- When a drive fails, the probability that another drive in the array will also soon fail rises, which would likely result in data loss. This is because all the drives in a RAID array are installed at the same time, so all the drives are subject to the same amount of wear.
- Some RAID levels (such as RAID 1 and 5) can only sustain a single drive failure.
- RAID arrays, and the data in them, are in a vulnerable state until a failed drive is replaced and the new disk is populated with data.
- Because drives have much greater capacity now than when RAID was first implemented, it takes a lot longer to rebuild failed drives.
- If a disk failure occurs, there is a chance the remaining disks may contain bad sectors or unreadable data — which may make it impossible to fully rebuild the array. Although, nested RAID levels address these problems by providing a greater degree of redundancy, significantly decreasing the chances of an array-level failure due to simultaneous disk failures.
RAID in 2020
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