re: Will RAID Die In 2012?
RAID is now mainstream, but with drive prices still being rather high it is not an option for most. There is more value in a solid backup solution, which one needs with or without RAID.
What we really need is tremendously better quality drives. The prices remained high and the quality went down. At the same time competition went away with the numerous mergers. We see the results of that now, companies like Seagate now have one year warranties for most of their drives, mainly because that fits the live expectancy of their shoddy workmanship. It used to be that three and five year warranties were a competitive advantage, but since the market is already divvied up there is no jockeying for position.
Would be nice if SSD became a real alternative, but at three to four times the price of hard drives and much smaller capacities it is still a niche product.
As far as rebuilding RAIDs, maybe we just need faster controllers that fully use the drives' potentials?