[Beowulf] Storage - the end of RAID?

Jeff Johnson jeff.johnson at aeoncomputing.com
Fri Oct 29 10:32:17 PDT 2010

On 10/29/10 9:42 AM, Hearns, John wrote:
> Quite a perceptive article on ZDnet
> http://www.zdnet.com/blog/storage/the-end-of-raid/1154?tag=nl.e539
I don't see RAID disappearing from the computing landscape anytime soon. 
The architecture and performance of some RAID controllers are starting 
to rival the systems they are connected to. There is a case to be made 
for simplifying things and bringing the storage and filesystem together 
and ditching the RAID controller. Distributed i/o and better latency 
would be a great thing for demanding apps and talented administrators.

One service RAID controllers provide is fencing a complex low level 
command/control environment from direct user interaction. Some people 
are better served by having their data sequestered behind a RAID controller.


Jeff Johnson
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