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Offline Brahim

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Development Updates (retired thread)
« on: January 14, 2013, 09:46:37 am »
Update 04/04/2013
I am happy to announce that the share configuration UI is going away. :)
Users will no longer have to configure shares through the FlexRAID UI and will now need to configure such shares directly on the Storage Pool drive or through the Windows share management interface.

Update 03/31/2013
- The new storage pool driver is very close to ready. There is one last pending change I want to get in before the next release of FlexRAID.
Many things have changed in the new driver with better support for Windows 8 and better ability to behave like a standard drive.

- Various changes are also being made to FlexRAID including supporting pooling drives without having to mount those drives first.
The current process of mounting drives into a managed folder in Cruise Control mode is not ideal.
FlexRAID will be able to pool the raw drives without first mounting them, which will make for a much cleaner setup.

- As previously stated, support for multiple pools will be enabled.

- A new "simpler" and much faster View Registry will be available.
Improvements have also been made to the existing Auto-Merge and Explicit-Merge View Registries.

- Improvements on RT TRAID. Although, the current plans are to eventually drop it in favor of TRAID.

Update 01/14/2013

I have been a bit quiet but busy working on revamping FlexRAID.
So, please don't think I am not noting the bug reports and whatnot.
The upcoming release should address a lot of the issues currently outstanding.

The major changes in the upcoming release are:
- New driver with better support for Windows 8
- FlexRAID will now be a multi-process engine to provide isolation (one pool or RAID can fail without affecting other pools or RAIDs)
- Various UI improvements and tasks reports provided through the UI

Potential additional feature (not committing to these yet):
- Support for multi-PPU in RT RAID
- Multi-PPU fast-expansion for both Snapshot RAID and RT RAID

There is no ETA yet.

Update 12/14/2013
So, after the avalanche of an update that tRAID has been, we now get to talk about the incremental updates.

The core tRAID engine now has a performance mode profile option.

The storage pooling engine in tRAID is getting massive update including:
- Improved support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 Server R2
- Improved caching
- Native NFS support
- Additional NTFS feature support including being able to define file valid data
« Last Edit: February 27, 2014, 08:06:39 pm by Brahim »

Offline Gaevonn

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2013, 09:56:48 pm »
Thank you, Brahim for keeping us informed.  I personally am excited about the multi process engine update, which looks to open us up to multi storage pool support.  As always, this had been a good experience for me in terms of reluability and function.     ;D
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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2013, 10:41:21 am »
This sounds really great.
You do a good work *thumpsup*

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 05:22:53 pm »
Hi Brahim,

It's been awhile since I've written.  I purchased the Realtime FR last year but never installed it or activated it.  WHS 2011 has been a lot less stable and/or desirable than I ever could imagine.  MS really put a turd out on the public with that POS.  Anyhow, I saw this note "I have been a bit quiet but busy working on revamping FlexRAID." is this version 3 or another 2 dot version which current owners could get a free upgrade to?

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 12:07:22 am »
Thanks!  I just created the account to say been up and running a month and it's working great.  A lot like a netapp snapvault. Been impressed so far. Hope you can continue adding features.  I definitely appreciate the priorities you've chosen because those are specifically the ones I wanted!

One key element to me is going to be the upgrade path.  I don't have the swap storage to be able to rebuild my array without buying drives.  Would appreciate it if we could do in place upgrades as much as possible.

Great work, from my experience so far, I highly recommend Flexraid.

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 07:55:09 am »
@Flexnado
There is never a data migration when it comes to FlexRAID. That's one of its beauties.
I fully understand the otherwise pain of having to move your data around to rebuild the array.
No such thing with FlexRAID. You data comes as is, and more importantly, structurally stays a such between versions.
Rebuilding the array in FlexRAID does not require additional space nor for data to be backed up prior.

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2013, 09:03:25 am »
Hey Brahim,

Why no answer on my question above about upcoming FlexRAID? 

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2013, 09:32:19 am »
Hey Brahim,

Why no answer on my question above about upcoming FlexRAID?
Missed it. It would be version 2 still.

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2013, 02:23:52 pm »
Thank you.

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2013, 05:06:54 am »
Hey Brahim,
when do you think will the next version coming out?
I'm planning tu update my fileserver to Server 2k12, so in this step i would update the flexraid version too.

What say your roadmap  ;)

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2013, 01:20:51 am »
I'm a new customer and I built a windows 2012 Server just for FlexRaid, I've been having some performance issues and am also very interested in the roadmap and ETA of the new version.  I know you are quite busy developing 2 products, keep up the great work! in the meantime I will wait patiently.

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2013, 02:00:16 am »
Post your issues in one of the other forums and maybe someone can help.  I'm also using Server 2012 and not having any problems at all so help might not be far away if you just let us know what's up...

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2013, 05:09:24 pm »
Quote
Update 03/31/2013
- The new storage pool driver is very close to ready. There is one last pending change I want to get in before the next release of FlexRAID.
Many things have changed in the new driver with better support for Windows 8 and better ability to behave like a standard drive.

- Various changes are also being made to FlexRAID including supporting pooling drives without having to mount those drives first.
The current process of mounting drives into a managed folder in Cruise Control mode is not ideal.
FlexRAID will be able to pool the raw drives without first mounting them, which will make for a much cleaner setup.

- As previously stated, support for multiple pools will be enabled.

- A new "simpler" and much faster View Registry will be available.
Improvements have also been made to the existing Auto-Merge and Explicit-Merge View Registries.

- Improvements on RT TRAID. Although, the current plans are to eventually drop it in favor of TRAID.


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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2013, 06:13:44 pm »
Super excited about the multiple pools and the new initialization process!

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Re: Development Updates
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2013, 05:44:45 pm »
Excited here as well. Thank you for the continued updates and improvements!