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Old 03-05-2014, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default Hardware Raid Controller advice

Currently I am using software RAID O control for my D (data ) drive, two Western Digital (Black) 2 TB drives. I have often seen reference to a hardware raid control being a better option. My questions are:
1. What are the "good" controllers and ones to "stay away from" and
2. What real advantage is there in using a hardware versus a software RAID controller with regard to editing with Edius?
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:29 AM   #2
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Go with a LSI controller have a look here, http://www.lsi.com/products/raid-con...s/default.aspx lot of information on them, I use a LSI Megaraid SAS 9266-8i with 8 Intel 510 series SSD drives and get read and write speeds around 2000mg a sec, pretty quick in raid 5, with LSI controller software and LSI Fast Path lic which unlocks a bit more performance from the card. I also use a LSI Battery backup unit with my setup, never had a problem with it at all, LSI supply the chips for all other raid cards so they are the best around in my opinion.

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P.S not a cheap setup though.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:57 AM   #3
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Go with a LSI controller have a look here, http://www.lsi.com/products/raid-con...s/default.aspx lot of information on them, I use a LSI Megaraid SAS 9266-8i with 8 Intel 510 series SSD drives and get read and write speeds around 2000mg a sec, pretty quick in raid 5, with LSI controller software and LSI Fast Path lic which unlocks a bit more performance from the card. I also use a LSI Battery backup unit with my setup, never had a problem with it at all, LSI supply the chips for all other raid cards so they are the best around in my opinion.

Steve

P.S not a cheap setup though.
have you abandoned adaptec? I use it for Raid5

btw, when it comes to RAID 0, software Raid from within windows is also fine
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I'm using also an LSI 9207-8i in IR Mode Controller with PCIe 3.0
support with 2 RAID 0 setups
1. = SW RAID 0 with SSD
2. = Video RAID 0 for HDD's
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:34 AM   #5
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1. What are the "good" controllers and ones to "stay away from" and
As others have told you, stick with LSI chipset. Stay away from mobo integrated RAID chipsets.
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2. What real advantage is there in using a hardware versus a software RAID controller with regard to editing with Edius?
Hardware setup is OS independent and normally performs much better than software. Think about context switching and processing of IO requests at OS level while using hardware RAID, all of that stuff will be done using on-board dedicated ASICs. Array metadata depends on chipset.

Software RAID has the advantage of providing array features without dedicated hardware. Drawback is performance and interoperability: array metadata compatibility with another RAID software stack has to be proven unless you use ZFS. Advantage of software RAID is that you can get inexpensive RAID0 with almost good performance. For other modes, (1, 10, 5, 50, etc...), just forget it unless IO performance isn't your concern.
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have you abandoned adaptec? I use it for Raid5

btw, when it comes to RAID 0, software Raid from within windows is also fine
Yeah mate, had to many problems with the new Adaptec cards, the head Tech in Australia (John) is a mate of mine and we spent months trying to work it out, the speed was just not there, Adaptec in the states and Germany also couldn't work it out, we think it was a problem with the card talking to the SSD drives, anyway ended up spending heaps on a LSI card and have never looked back, Adaptec did send me three different cards to try but all the same,it was their 7 series cards, the funny thing is LSI supply all the chip sets to Adaptec ect ect ect for their cards, LSI are super quick and bullet proof mate.

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Thank you for all the responses and advice, it is greatly appreciated. I will now go and check out the sites mentioned and decide.
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Definitely pick a company that has been around for a while. Because your array will be "tied" to the card, in the event the card breaks or needs upgrading, you want to make sure the company will still be around and you have options for migration. Otherwise you would have to copy your data off the array to do a migration to new array hardware.

Also, by choosing something more popular, in the event of controller disaster you have a better chance of a friend having a compatible controller to help you read your array.

That's one advantage of software-based RAID - portability across different hardware installs (but not necessarily architectures).
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