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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2015, 10:26:27 pm »
Hi Brahim, will you be teasing out some of the functions and abilities in more detail over the coming weeks, or just as part of the public previews when released?

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2015, 04:25:00 am »
Hi Brahim, will you be teasing out some of the functions and abilities in more detail over the coming weeks, or just as part of the public previews when released?
Details on release.

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #32 on: September 07, 2015, 04:20:46 pm »
Ok, looking forward to this.  I'm eager to see what this can do and the limitations.  Currently using a COTS NAS based software at present (running on custom built PC) that does block based storage using LVM2 and MDADM and I hope this can do something similar as that would bring me back to Windows instantly.

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2015, 07:10:06 pm »
Hi Brahim I was just in the process of setting up a couple of virtual windows machines and remembered about Standards.  Appreciate that time frames move around but was wondering if you had a firmer date for beta testing releases?  I won't move my primary storage on to it unless it meets my needs but more than willing to dedicate a virtual machine and storage to it to test it.

Cheers,

Chris

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2015, 08:52:48 pm »
The first beta is planned for the end of this month (October).

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2015, 09:35:43 pm »
Excellent, thank you.

Chris

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #36 on: October 13, 2015, 04:53:32 pm »
FYI, we are well on track for an October 30th release. :)
I think I have nailed the UI to properly handle all complexities. Additionally, standard nested RAID layouts can now be created using a single configuration.
The UI and ease of management is where the challenge was. All it took were some clean up and keeping things simple.

The RAID subsystem is of course top notch. Nothing less could be expected.  8)
New features after the first release will include:
- L1 RAM cache pools and L2 SSD cache pools
- New specialized parity engines

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2015, 02:36:12 pm »
Hi Brahim,

Great news.  I'm curious, within the windows environment have you managed to connect Standards to ReFS in a similar manner to Windows Storage Spaces?  That would be awesome if you had as it would have some of the similar characteristics to BTRFS when using MDADM, although ReFS still has a large number of drawbacks (including no NFS support).

Chris

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2015, 05:10:46 pm »
You can run any filesystem, encryption layer, etc. on FlexRAID Standards. Nothing special about that.

What FlexRAID Standard brings to the space are:
- A complete and fully integrated solution to both Windows and Linux
- For Windows, you finally have a complete RAID stack (Linux already has a complete stack)
- Custom RAID layouts
- RAIDÔł×
- Ability to use disks of different make, model, and sizes
- Ability to mix and match whole disks, partial disks, and file-backed virtual disks as Unit of Risks (UoRs)
- Easy migration from one RAID level to another RAID level in situ
- A whole lot of flexibility without complexity
- Lot of customization options to get the best of the arrays
- Soon, optional cache pools (SSD and RAM) natively integrated

All in all, FlexRAID Standards will save users serious money. More on that later.

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2015, 08:15:03 pm »
Awesome, sounds good.  Looking forward to seeing how it competes with my Synology DSM 5.2 box in terms of software raid :-)

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #40 on: October 17, 2015, 07:14:50 pm »
Does Standards stripe the parity across all the drives in a similar manner to MDADM on Linux or does it still use a dedicated parity disk similar to FlexRaid & T-Raid?  Can you answer this now, or will it all come clear at the end of the month?

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2015, 07:52:15 am »
As per the first post, multiple layouts are available. Whether the data is striped or not depends on the layout chosen.

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #42 on: October 26, 2015, 11:10:41 am »
FYI, we are well on track for an October 30th release. :)
I think I have nailed the UI to properly handle all complexities. Additionally, standard nested RAID layouts can now be created using a single configuration.
The UI and ease of management is where the challenge was. All it took were some clean up and keeping things simple.

The RAID subsystem is of course top notch. Nothing less could be expected.  8)
New features after the first release will include:
- L1 RAM cache pools and L2 SSD cache pools
- New specialized parity engines

Any news for the fist beta release, you are still on track for the 30th of October? ;D

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #43 on: October 26, 2015, 12:25:04 pm »
Any news for the fist beta release, you are still on track for the 30th of October? ;D
Yes, we are. Although, I am getting distracted by a few other things.
Hopefully, I will get back on track and meeting the goal date.

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Re: Announcing FlexRAID Standards (TM)
« Reply #44 on: October 26, 2015, 02:44:59 pm »
Today is my birthday so it would be great if it was today, but understand that not everyone can give me great gifts :-P