Author Topic: Announcing Transparent RAID™ (tRAID™) - Official RC Released  (Read 76791 times)

Offline Brahim

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Update
RC1 is out http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,2319.0.html
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What is Transparent RAID™ (tRAID™)?
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Transparent RAID™ is a storage protection scheme in which drives behave as if not part of a RAID. Each drive can be partitioned, formatted, pooled into a larger volume, and whatnot as usual.
Nevertheless, parity is computed transparently to enable data recovery in the event a drive failure.
Additionally, new drives being protected can be added while preserving their existing data.
This makes it easy to add and remove a drive from the protective array.
So, you get all of the protection benefit of RAID without actually running in RAID mode and none of the restrictions!

How did we accomplish this?
Transparent RAID™ uses the same technology as VMware does to virtualize its storage devices.
The key aspect of this virtualization approach is support for passthrough devices.

Transparent RAID as it stands is product ready.
It has undergone many months of private beta testing. The goal has been to make your first experience that of a polished product.

Even though we believe it is production ready, the first public release will be a release candidate (RC) on July 1st, 2013.
Ultimately, you will be the final judge on its production readiness.

Get your systems ready. :)

Some leaked screenshots attached.
More recent and betters screenshots will be posted in a day or two.
« Last Edit: February 27, 2014, 08:08:37 pm by Brahim »

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Awesome :D

Is this coming with the next version of FlexRAID?
« Last Edit: May 24, 2013, 11:56:20 am by amarshonarbangla »

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Awesome :D

Is this coming with the next version of FlexRAID?

Transparent RAID is its own product.

FlexRAID is now a family of products comprising:
- FlexRAID's RAID over File System (RAID-F)
- FlexRAID's Transparent RAID (tRAID)

Think of FlexRAID as a concept and as a family of storage data protection products that provide great flexibility and various innovations.
Under that concept, we have two actual products: RAID-F and tRAID.

So, FlexRAID as currently known is really RAID-F.
Needless to say, a clean up on the naming is needed and we are working on that.

RAID-F will get an update some time next month too with various improvements.
Nonetheless, this is a tRAID thread and RAID-F updates will be provided and discussed in a different thread.


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tRAID has come a long way and has suffered a good Navy SEALs Hell Week (which lasted way longer) on my hell machine and others (gaining Airborne wings in the way).

It is a very nice platform, seems very stable in latest build (pending some "disaster" scenario tests).

You guys will like it.

ALWAYS bear in mind the MAJOR difference between the two products.
RAID-F is file based. It sees files, folders etc. Theoretically you can make separate DRUs made of separate folders on same disk (stupid but anyway you can).
tRAID is more "normal RAID" like. It protects disks (forget using more than one disk as on DRU with this too - sorry). It has most features you know and like but runs on kernel. So it's WAY WAY WAY more transparent to your OS than FlexRAID. Many things that had a hard time working, will work here.
Also one feature that Brahim doesn't want to advertise (while I believe it's a major feature in its own), with this one you can have Real-Time parity BUT STILL access your separate pool drives without breaking the parity (specific restrictions apply, but trust me, it's still great).

Have fun next week. :P
Submit your drooling below.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2013, 02:51:09 pm by NLS »
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How much is tRAID going to cost?

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What platform is it going to support? Linux? Windows? Or OS of its own?

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Linux and Windows.

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Before I show this image:



So, what is the advantages that I can see from RAID-F?
-) Read/Write Speed Improvement?
-) Changes and Recovery limitation (Snapshot RAID specify)
-) Support Degrade mode (lost 1 DRU, can still access the whole pool?)
-) Support preallocation like TeraCopy?
-) Other??

And any limitation we'll see in tRAID like RAID-f?

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Put it simply, tRAID allows you to do everything you can do with your drive as if it was a standalone/unrestricted drive while giving you the protection of RAID.

If a drive fails, it is reconstructed live (your OS won't know the drive has failed).

And then top it all off with an enterprise level storage management stack that babysits your data for you. :)

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What about NZFS? When is that coming out? How's tRAID compared to that?

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Will there be a loyalty discount for those whose have already purchased RAID-F and want to switch to tRAID?

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What about NZFS? When is that coming out? How's tRAID compared to that?
One thing at a time. Let's get through tRAID first. :)

Will there be a loyalty discount for those whose have already purchased RAID-F and want to switch to tRAID?
Yes. :)

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How much is tRAID going to cost?

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How much is tRAID going to cost?
No pricing has been set yet.

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Nice!  8) Can't wait the new release!!

So how do we "get our systems ready."?
Any documentation will be released before 1 June?
How's the migration path from RAID-f to tRAID look like?