Subject: Re: some observations on the peripheral market
To: None <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/10/1999 20:26:03
[ On Sun, January 10, 1999 at 16:49:52 (-0800), John Nemeth wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: some observations on the peripheral market
> } conveniently forgotten that the "I" in "RAID" stands for "inexpensive."
>      I've never seen inexpensive RAID solutions that are worth using.
> I don't consider software RAID to be worth using.  RAID definitely has
> its place, but its not inexpensive.

I think everyone's missed the point here.  The "inexpensive" refers to
the disks, not the whole sub-system.  One of the goals of RAID (where
the "inexpensive" comes in) is to be able to use lower-end drives and
still achieve a high-end solution.  I.e. it's R.A.I.D., not I.R.A.D.

Also, with the vast quantity of inexpensive CPU cycles available today,
RAID software (eg. such as RAIDframe integrated into a general purpose
OS kernel) is indeed worth using, if you're building a fileserver, or
perhaps even a big news server or some other totally I/O intensive
sub-system where those CPU cycles would otherwise go to waste.

							Greg A. Woods

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