Until recently the implementation of RAID or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, was focused towards SCSI based servers which demand extremely high speed data throughput and the security that data on the server will remain intact under any given circumstance.
Hard Drives/SSD >
RAID 1 Benchmarks and Conclusion
As the primary role for
drives operating under RAID 1 is data redundancy and less on speed.
Nevertheless, one would certainly be interested in a general idea on how a RAID
1 subsystem would perform. Here are some results of RAID 1 benchmarking under
the Winbench 99 suite...
The performance gains under
RAID 1 are not as dramatic as they are under RAID 0. That is because they are
probably not supposed to be. Remember, the main focus on RAID 1 is
Using the SIDE-RAID66 card under
normal every day use, I noticed that even the mundane of tasks became a bit more
responsive. Loading large applications such as Adobe Premiere seemed to execute
much faster than under RAID 0 than my regular single drive setup. At an MSRP of
$99, you surely get your money's worth. Even if you are looking for just an
ATA/66 controller card for your BX platform, this wouldn't be a bad option at
With data redundancy
and high speed RAID 0 and RAID 0/1 support the SIDE-RAID66 certainly delivers
what it had promised. Now that RAID is available for IDE drives at a
cost effective price, I certainly foresee the demand for such cards growing at a
very high rate.
Though not the first company to release such a card,
Iwill took a step in showing what they are made of. In continuing with their
tradition of making high quality and very appealing products, the SIDE-RAID66
has given users a great solution in solving their IDE woes.
With the introduction of
ATA/100, is Iwill going to release a similar product to work under this
interface? We here certainly hope so...