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Title: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:10:54 am
FlexRAID One™
Alright guys, time to start talking of what's next for FlexRAID.

The past direction was to have 3 products:

The current direction is for a unified platform: FlexRAID One™.

The benefits are numerous with the most important being:
As an example, the Storage Pooling feature is far more up to date on tRAID than it is on RAID-F. Many RAID enhancements present in tRAID/sRAID are missing in RAID-F. There are going to be new monitoring and management features that will be common across the products. Rather than releasing such new features on one product and porting them later to the other products, it just makes sense to have a singular platform where all features are delivered.


Roadmap

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Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:11:31 am
RAID-F Native Port (update logs)
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:11:46 am
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Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:11:51 am
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Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:11:57 am
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Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:12:18 am
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Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:12:26 am
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Post by: Brahim on December 01, 2017, 08:12:31 am
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Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: amarshonarbangla on December 03, 2017, 04:22:18 pm
Would we have to pay for a new license for this unified product?

What's different with the T1+ and T2+ engines? What improvements can we expect from these?
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 03, 2017, 07:06:12 pm
The goal is to support existing licenses for a seamless migration to the new platform. Thus far, no-one has ever had to pay for product updates.

As far as the RAID engines, see: http://wiki.flexraid.com/about/raid-engines/
New engines have been implemented too, but they will be released and talked of later.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: mystik on December 03, 2017, 11:40:38 pm
Looking forward to the upgrade.  Anxious to see the pooling improvements, since that is what we deal with all the time.  Hopefully, don't have to deal with failures much, but, of course, very important for that to be as bulletproof as possible. 
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: asian on December 04, 2017, 12:30:36 am
Will there be a reduce price if i have a licence but have a new PC.

exciting time ahead..
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 04, 2017, 09:08:54 am
Will there be a reduce price if i have a licence but have a new PC.

exciting time ahead..
Yeah, there will be a discount for existing customers that need a new license for a new system. I figured that many users will get tempted to revamp their storage systems.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: BigADevry on December 04, 2017, 10:43:11 am
Thanks for continuing this product. It has been my storage option for some time now and I rely on it heavily. So excited for the new platform!
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: kevin.r on December 04, 2017, 03:15:13 pm
Absolutely looking forward to this, and regardless of circumstances I intend on monetarily supporting you for your efforts! Brahim you are amazing!
Small aside...any chance of you porting EncFS (opensource linux-based encryption protocol) to your mounting platform? There are a couple options out there (Boxcryptor Classic was the most stable, but still lacks), but they all have issues with their virtual drive.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 04, 2017, 06:03:05 pm
Absolutely looking forward to this, and regardless of circumstances I intend on monetarily supporting you for your efforts! Brahim you are amazing!
Small aside...any chance of you porting EncFS (opensource linux-based encryption protocol) to your mounting platform? There are a couple options out there (Boxcryptor Classic was the most stable, but still lacks), but they all have issues with their virtual drive.
Thanks for the support.

Great idea! :)
Doing what EncFS does is actually fairly trivial to do. Similar to how Pool Level Restrictions (http://wiki.flexraid.com/2013/06/27/storage-pool-level-restrictions/) are defined in tRAID pooling, we can have a similar setup for Pool Level Encryption. This way specific files matching an exact path or a regular expression would get encrypted.

Please add the feature request to http://bug.flexraid.com.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: amarshonarbangla on December 09, 2017, 06:15:24 pm
When can we expect this to be released?
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: FlyingShawn on December 10, 2017, 12:09:14 am
The goal is to support existing licenses for a seamless migration to the new platform. Thus far, no-one has ever had to pay for product updates.

In light of this news, is there any chance of implementing some sort of "unified license" prior to FlexRAID One becoming available?  As in, granting existing users the ability to switch between RAID-F and tRAID without having to purchase a new license?

I've been a RAID-F user since before tRAID was even announced and over the last couple of years I've discovered that as I have expanded my array (now ~45TB) it has outgrown RAID-F's ability to reliably protect my data.  It's not that RAID-F is broken, just that I'm unable to keep such a large array completely static for long enough to complete a Verify task (which takes well over a day).  I've been considering making the switch to tRAID instead, but I don't really want to spend the money on a whole new license if my existing license will allow me to use the tRAID engine under the FlexRAID One banner.

On the other hand, I've also been around long enough to know better than to expect FlexRAID One to become available quickly, so I don't really want to spend the next year or two with my data minimally protected while I wait for it.

So, what do you think Brahim?  Can we work something out so licensed users can migrate between platforms during the limbo between the One announcement and when it is released?  Obviously the general terms of the licenses would remain the same (one instance of FlexRAID at a time[ie. can't run RAID-F and tRAID simultaneously] on one computer and locked into one OS [Windows or Linux]), but this would be a nice step towards the new unified-FlexRAID paradigm.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 10, 2017, 08:41:16 am
When can we expect this to be released?
No ETA.  Just follow the progress of the roadmap. Once you hear of the first beta, then you'll know we are close. :P
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on December 10, 2017, 09:32:21 am
In light of this news, is there any chance of implementing some sort of "unified license" prior to FlexRAID One becoming available?
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Yes, there will be one.

As in, granting existing users the ability to switch between RAID-F and tRAID without having to purchase a new license?
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That won't happen. Transparent RAID customers are paying more. So, there will be some sort of conversion.
Part of the goal of this unification is to clean up the licensing with only two types of licenses both with all features enabled (unlimited disks and limited disks).
That will get us to what you want (being able to switch between the RAID approaches or have different arrays each for the right type of data).

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I've been a RAID-F user since before tRAID was even announced and over the last couple of years I've discovered that as I have expanded my array (now ~45TB) it has outgrown RAID-F's ability to reliably protect my data.  It's not that RAID-F is broken, just that I'm unable to keep such a large array completely static for long enough to complete a Verify task (which takes well over a day).  I've been considering making the switch to tRAID instead, but I don't really want to spend the money on a whole new license if my existing license will allow me to use the tRAID engine under the FlexRAID One banner.
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Great that you are keeping an eye on the state of your data and realizing it having more dynamic data that isn't fitting for RAID-F.
A platform that let's you easily restructure your data as it morphs is what's being worked on.

Remember, I am the number one customer of FlexRAID. ;)
My personal production arrays include a RAID-F array, a tRAID array, and several sRAID arrays. As strange as it might sound, I build these solutions for me first. I created sRAID because I have a number of VMs that massively benefit from it. More on all this later.

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On the other hand, I've also been around long enough to know better than to expect FlexRAID One to become available quickly, so I don't really want to spend the next year or two with my data minimally protected while I wait for it.
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If you have been around long enough, then you know that - yes, I do take long hiatus - however, major improvements always follow my return. ;)

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So, what do you think Brahim?  Can we work something out so licensed users can migrate between platforms during the limbo between the One announcement and when it is released?  Obviously the general terms of the licenses would remain the same (one instance of FlexRAID at a time[ie. can't run RAID-F and tRAID simultaneously] on one computer and locked into one OS [Windows or Linux]), but this would be a nice step towards the new unified-FlexRAID paradigm.
Don't be too frugal. Get a tRAID license now.  ;D
As stated before, there will be a unified license. The conversion process will be discussed at the appropriate time.
The focus for now is on delivering a product that's worthy of further discussion.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on January 29, 2018, 11:35:42 pm
Quick Update
Still hard at work. The I/O port is much more involved than anticipated (mainly because I am taking the opportunity to re-engineer things I as go).
Lot of progress, but hard to document it as a linear progression.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Bazinga on February 05, 2018, 07:37:23 pm
Will definitely be following the progress. Keep it up!
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on February 10, 2018, 12:40:18 pm
Milestone Update
The I/O mechanics port is done. This was 60% of the entire RAID-F porting effort! :)
Title: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Wilky13 on February 10, 2018, 03:16:47 pm
Will a current tRAID setup import into the new FlexRAID or will you have to redo the array setup?


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Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on February 10, 2018, 07:24:19 pm
Will a current tRAID setup import into the new FlexRAID or will you have to redo the array setup?
Existing tRAID arrays will require no migration.
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: mystik on February 19, 2018, 01:25:47 pm
I am in the same boat as FlyingShawn as far as the size of the RAID and time it takes to process.  Once One comes out, I will look into what it will take to switch over from F-RAID too.  I would be more concerned, but I now (finally) have a full online backup of everything.  So, I disabled the actual backup and validation and just using the pooling for now....until One comes out. 
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Hammerfest on April 13, 2018, 07:12:02 pm
Just wanted to pop in again, been a few months!

Still looking forward to this, having to use another solution (was looking forward to Standards, now I guess its One, RAID6 with acceleration!)

Let me know when Beta begins, eager to try and if it pass's all internal tests, buy :D
Title: Re: FlexRAID One (Roadmap)
Post by: Brahim on April 16, 2018, 10:05:59 am
Expect some updates in a couple of weeks.