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    How to Choose Raid Redundancy over Performance

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      Summary: Choosing RAID Redundancy over Performance requires consideration of multiple factors, including cost, capacity, data storage mechanisms, and more. It could be challenging since multiple RAID levels use different techniques to offer data security with redundancy. Here’s a list of RAID solutions that offer Redundancy over Performance.

      RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) has been in the industry for a while now. It is popular for higher storage capacity, improved performance, and data redundancy. Many small enterprises and businesses implement RAID in NAS and server setups to fulfill different needs. If you are considering RAID for your home or business environments, you need to underline your requirements for the RAID setup. In the past week, we encountered several queries where people sought a RAID solution offering Redundancy over Performance. Hence, we’ve curated this article to discuss the best RAID level to achieve this goal and to understand its importance. Let’s get started!

      RAID Redundancy – Overview

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      RAID Redundancy refers to the copy of information collected from all the drives in the RAID array. This redundant information is stored or split across the drives to protect data during disk error or failure. It may take up extra space on the drives in the array but adds to data security by keeping the data available for RAID reconstruction and reuse.

      RAID redundancy can be achieved by Mirroring or Parity data storage mechanisms.

      Mirroring refers to replicating data across the drives in the RAID array. For example, RAID 1 carries a minimum of two hard drives, and data is mirrored to both drives simultaneously. Even if one drive fails or runs into an error, the other drives can reconstruct the RAID and recover data.

      Parity refers to the data collection from all the drives in the array by performing a logical exclusive binary XOR operation. The Parity information is stored across the drives or on a separate drive in the array. For example, RAID 5 follows single-distributed Parity, which means that parity information keeps adding to all the drives at the RAID level. It can survive up to one drive failure.

      RAID 6 offers dual Parity, which suggests that the parity data is stored similarly to RAID 5 but can withstand the failure of two drives. RAID 4 is the only RAID level with Parity information on a dedicated drive. Apart from these, RAID 10 combines Mirroring and Striping, while RAID 50 and 60 combines Striping and Parity.

      The Correlation between Performance and Redundancy

      Redundancy and Performance are both related but in opposite ways. Redundancy offers data protection in the event of drive failure due to hardware or software issues. However, redundancy affects the RAID performance. It is because data is written to the drives simultaneously and is further mirrored or calculated into Parity to offer data security. It takes much more time than just writing and spreading data across the disks. The higher the redundancy, the lower the Performance.

      Although redundancy outweighs the minor Performance low in terms of data security and availability, the advancement in technology and the use of new-age SSDs in the RAID array will gradually reduce the impact of Redundancy over Performance.

      RAID Solutions that offer Redundancy over Performance – Quick Overview

      Although we’ve discussed the RAID levels with their data storage mechanisms responsible for building redundancy, you can quickly overview the table below to see the best RAID solutions offering Redundancy over Performance.

      RAID LevelsRedundancyPerformanceCharacteristicData Loss Risk
      RAID 1 (Mirroring)Full redundancySlower write speedExcellent data security, slow write data speed, can survive one drive failureLow
      RAID 5 (Block-Level Distributed Parity)Balanced redundancy and performanceThe write speed is slightly lower since time is spent on calculating and recording a checksum on a separate disk.Withstand one drive failureModerate
      RAID 6 (Block-Level Striping with Double Parity)Enhanced redundancySlower performance than RAID 5 due to the dual parity calculation.Can survive two drives’ failureLow
      RAID 10 (Mirroring + Striping)High redundancy and performanceGood read and write data speedCombines RAID 1+0 and can survive one drive’s failure.Low
      RAID 50 (Striped RAID 5 Array with Distributed Singe Parity)Good redundancy and performanceHigh read and medium write data speedCombines RAID 5 + 0 and withstand one drive failure with single distributed ParityModerate
      RAID 60 (Striped RAID 6 Array with Dual Parity)Higher redundancy with good performanceRead/write data speed is similar to RAID 50RAID 6, combined with RAID 0 array, can survive two drives’ failure.Low

      Choose the Right RAID Level for You!

      RAID redundancy means having copies of data stored on two or more drives in the configured RAID array. It keeps data intact and available for RAID reconstruction and recovery in the event of drive errors or failure. However, redundancy has a slight impact on Performance.

      Therefore, if your priority is data security and reliability with RAID, you can choose RAID 1, 5, 6, or Nested RAID drives. Even among these RAID levels, please select the one that fits your business requirements, budget, data availability, and server uptime requirements, irrespective of their size.  

      Frequently Asked Questions

      1. Which RAID offers redundancy over performance?

      RAID 1 is the simplest RAID level that offers redundancy. It requires at least two drives to be configured and follows the Mirroring mechanism. Similar data is written to both drives simultaneously. If one drive fails or is damaged, you’ll have another drive with data for recovery.

      2. How does RAID 0 improve performance?

      RAID 0 follows the Striping mechanism, which means the data is split across the drives in the array. This way, the write and read data speed is the best among all the RAID levels and offers improved Performance.

      3. Is RAID 60 faster than RAID 6?

      RAID 60 usually provides better performance than RAID 6, or RAID 10, since in replication, most reads and writes are sequential, thus improving throughput. Additionally, at the cost of storage space, RAID 60 offers a longer mean time to data loss than RAID 6 does.

      4. Can I recover data from RAID 5 with one drive failed?

      RAID 5 can survive up to 1 failed drive. Rest of the drives can be used for RAID reconstruction and recovery purposes. You can refer to this guide to learn about data recovery from RAID 5 with one drive failure.

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      About The Author

      Kamesh Singh

      Kamesh Singh is a Senior Writer at Stellar®. He is an expert Tech Explainer, IoT enthusiast, and a passionate nerd with over 8 years of experience in technical writing. He writes about RAID Controller, Virtual Machine, LTO Tape, Linux, Windows, Mac, DIY Tech, and Smart Home. Kamesh spends most of his weekends working with IoT (DIY Smart Home) devices and playing Overwatch. He is also a solo traveler who loves hiking and exploring new trails.

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