Stardom SR4 - 4 bay desktop RAID storage

The SOHORAID SR4-WBS3 is a four drive storage system with JBOD / RAID 5 / RAID 0 storage option for storing contents in large scales. Industrially designed with aluminum exterior that's built tough and durable for hard drive protection of the highest grade.

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Areca ARC-8050 or ARC-5026 ThunderBolt™ connected RAID storage

The fastest desktop RAID storage

The Areca ARC-8050T2 is the most complete 6Gb/s SAS 8-bay Thunderbol 2t box with RAID control capabilities solution for both PC and Mac. Thunderbolt host interface make ARC-8050T2 RAID box well suited for SOHO group professional who work at home and or in the office.

The ARC-5026 is a 4-bay version of this Thunderbolt RAID with performance around 600MB/s transfers and a capacity up to 16TB (RAID 0) or 12TB (RAID 5).

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Stardom SR2 2-Bay RAID 1 System - mirrored

The internally built RAID 1 controller in the SR2 controls all data entering the system by duplicating them into two sets and then storing them in real-time into the two drives enclosed so you'll always have two sets of the exact same data in the system to protect against possible drive failures.

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Promise Pegasus2 R4, R6 & R8 ThunderBolt™ 2 connected RAID storage

The fastest desktop RAID storage

The Promise Pegasus2 R4, R6 & R8 are the First 4, 6 and 8-bay High Performance Hardware RAID Solutions designed to unleash the raw power of Thunderbolt™ 2 technology. Thunderbolt 2 technology is a new, high-speed, dual-protocol I/O technology designed for performance, simplicity, and flexibility. This high-speed I/O technology is capable of delivering a blistering two channels of 20Gb/s (2.5GB/s) per port of performance.

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Download PDF about Pegasus2 Thunderbolt 2 RAID units (3.5MB)

RAID Storage

In photography, imaging or design, our data is one of our most precious assets.
The thought of losing a current job or hundreds of hours work or thousands of personal photos is enough to make anyone grab for a bucket!

RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. With RAID enabled on a storage system you can connect two or more drives in the system so that they act like one big fast drive or set them up so that one drive in the system is used to automatically and instantaneously duplicate (or mirror) your data for real-time backup. Now, the exact speed and reliability you'll achieve from RAID depends on the type of RAID you're using.

RAID systems come in many various sizes and types. The variable that change are :

Below we talk a little about RAID storage systems mainly in relation to desktop style models that connect directly to your Mac or PC.

RAID is NOT backup!

It's important to understand that RAID is a measure of protecting against hardware failure.... it is not a backup! RAID does not protect against the following failures/issues :

In saying that RAID can be a great way to protect against that all too regular hard drive failure (except RAID 0 - read more below).

Advantages of RAID

There are three reasons you might want a RAID system of drives.

Which RAID mode should I use?

1. RAID 0 - Speed

RAID 0 is taking any number of disks and striping data across all of them. This will greatly increase speeds, as you're reading and writing from multiple disks at a time. An individual file can then use the speed and capacity of all the drives of the array. The downside to RAID 0 though is that it is NOT redundant, the loss of any individual disk will cause complete data loss.

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2. RAID 1 - Data protection

RAID 1 is also known as "mirroring" and is generally used with a pair of hard drives. The point of RAID 1 is primarily for redundancy, as you can completely lose a drive, but still stay up and running off the additional drive. You can then rebuild the array to a new drive off of the other drive with little to no downtime. RAID 1 also gives you the additional benefit of increased read performance as data can be read off any of the drives in the array. The downsides are that you will have slightly higher write latency, since the data needs to be written to all the drives in the array, and you'll only have the available capacity of a single drive.

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3. RAID 5 - Data protection and speed

RAID 5 combines the concepts of RAID 0 and RAID 1.

RAID 5 requires the use of at least 3 drives and will take the idea of RAID 0, striping the data across multiple drives to increase performance, but also adds the aspect of redundancy by distributing parity information across the disks.

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AXUS FIT300 and FIT500 Desktop RAID storage

3 or 5 bay High Performance >200MB/s storage

FiT series, a new stylish, versatile, easy to use and more economical RAID storage device. The heart of FiT is adopted with hardware RAID technology which offers high performance, superior reliability and large capacity for your budget.

FiT Series are plug & play RAID systems. Setup RAID configurations can be simply made by the Rotary switch. The Rotary switch provides user direct and fast setting for RAID Level 0, 1, 3, 5 , PM, Large, and Clone. Users are not required to have any RAID knowledge but easily to enjoy the high-performance and reliability from the FiT RAID storage.

Encryption AES Key AES-256bit
FiT F series feature Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Encryption Technology using a secret key of length (AES-256: 256-bit) for security RAID protections. AES encryption will be equipped with a AES key (left) by hardware encryption. Once the users generate the AES key, the RAID volume will be not accessed without AES key, offering users the most security way to keep important data guarded.

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