RAID 10 Recovery: How It Can Help Your Business

raid10When it comes to your business you want to make sure your information is as protected as possible. You want to ensure that your data is constantly backed up and that you have a plan in case you suddenly suffer a hard drive failure. You also want to have a plan if your servers go down or your internet bites the dust.

Your plans may include online storage and automatic backing up of all your information: your files, your music, your photos. Your plans may be to have a main server and a backup server in case the first one gets a hiccup. Heck, you may even have a generator in your basement to make sure you can still work even if the power goes off for some reason.

There are many ways to protect yourself and one of those ways is by using a RAID 10 configuration. The RAID 10 configuration consists of a striped set of mirrored hard drives that administrators should have an easier time maintaining. RAID servers are usually designed the way they are is because they tend to contain really important data.

By having your data set up in a RAID 10 you can employ a system of smaller hard drives in place of one larger hard drive. This might sound a bit silly at first. Wouldn’t you want to keep all your information on one? It seems like it would make more sense to keep it centralized.

Let’s put a spin on this. If you have one large hard drive, say 500 GB, and it fails, it is going to take a long time to repair it. If it’s your only hard drive that holds all your information that absence of your files and data is going to hurt your company. Not having that data means your employees can’t do work and it means you could be losing money.

If you instead put your data on several smaller sized hard drives you will still have the same amount of space. By using a server with the RAID 10 set up if you have an issue with one of the hard drives it will be slightly easier to fix. If you aren’t able to fix it yourself you can send just the one hard drive away. This doesn’t mean you are completely off the hook of course. While you want to have more than one hard drive in your server, you don’t want too many hard drives. The more hard drives there are in the RAID set, the longer the rebuild time will be.

The RAID 10 set up rebuilds at a similar pace to that of RAID 1. By that we mean is that the data is copied block for block from the source to the target. This allows your server to be quick when it is retrieving your data which will help improve your company’s effectiveness. This is especially good if you have a lot of people connected to the server at one time. There is nothing worse than not being able to do you work because other people are trying to do their work at the same time.

A RAID 10 recovery set up can really help your company. By spreading out your data on several hard drives you can protect yourself if one of your hard drives happens to fail. Physical failures and logistical failures at the same time. There is that phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and suits this situation. How can you go wrong with increasing productivity and protecting yourself from a massive set back at the same time? We don’t think you can.

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