[clug] forget RAID?

Craig Small csmall at enc.com.au
Wed Feb 21 21:54:51 GMT 2007

On Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 08:31:36PM +1100, Tomasz Ciolek wrote:
> and I am told by people in EMC, who deal with storage for living, 
> that they deliberately mix batches of disks into a single stock 
> pile before installing disks...
> I epxect most GOOD rais suppliers do that too. 
Yes, I have heard that too.

RAID has its place, very good RAID can be very good as it can solve a
lot of the usual problems you can get with disk arrays.  While a drive
rebuild can stress a drive, so can backing up or restoring, depending
on what you are using to connect to it.

A lot of the problem is there are many, many crap "RAID cards" out
there.  People see this use this, think all RAID is like that and come
to the obvious conclusion that RAID is awful (which is pretty much is
in that case).

> In my experience temperature and a dodgy power supply is more likely to be a cause of disk death, than batch issues.
Or something wrong with the chassis design, like disk 1 always goes in a
certain model. Had that happen to me, not 0 not 2, always disk 1.
Working in large data centres gives you a nice overview of the aggregate
reliability of stuff, if you know roughly how much of each is there.

 - Craig
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