Hardware RAID Vs. Software RAID: Which Implementation Is Best for My Application?
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Overview: This paper from Adaptec shows the benefits that hardware RAID offers over software RAID implementations. Advances in silicon technology are allowing for integration of the processors required for hardware RAID into single chip solutions and soon into commodity server chipsets, which will shrink the implementation cost. This reduced cost will enable a broader deployment of hardware RAID solutions into lower-priced servers, making them available to more users. Currently, new levels of data protection and manageability are available RAID 6 dual drive failure protection and data encryption are two examples.