Transparent RAID vs. RAID over File System (Compare)

Trying to decide which product to use?

Transparent RAID™ and RAID over File System each take a different approach at storage data protection & recovery. The motivation here is that people are storing different type of data and that no one solution fits all data usage patterns. Compare them and find out which one fits your storage data protection needs best!

Transparent RAID vs. RAID over File System (Compare)

Transparent RAID™ Features

  • Data Protection (tRAID™):
    • Safe RAID™
    • Live Data Reconstruction on disk failure or read errors
    • Online Data Expansion
    • Online Data Restoration
    • RAID Contraction
    • Background Scrubber
    • Storage Acceleration
    • Optional RAID 1 with N-way mirroring*
  • Storage Pooling with support for:
    • Pool Level Restrictions (access control without having to mess with file system security)
    • Strict ACL (ability to adhere strictly to file system ACLs)
    • NFS (Network File System support on both Windows and Linux)
    • Metadata and file data caching (reduces disk access)
    • Multiple file distribution and handling strategies
    • Ability to configure Pool disk as removable or fixed volume
    • Multiple Storage Pools
    • Storage Pooling with or without RAID protection
    • Storage Pool can include network shares (Network Pooling)
    • Universal Recycle Bin (supports restoring both locally and network deleted files)
  • Drive Health Monitoring
  • Powerful Scheduler
  • Email & SMS Notifications
  • Centralized Host Management (one UI manages an unlimited number of hosts)

* In addition to the Transparent RAID parity engine, users are also getting a best in class and fully transparent RAID 1 with N-way mirroring engine free of charge.

RAID over File System Features

  • Data Protection (RAID-F™):
    • Safe RAID™
    • Snapshot RAID
    • Multiple RAID Engines including RAID ∞™
    • Ability to RAID and protect Network Shares and remote data
    • Real-Time RAID over File System (experimental and disabled in current release)
  • Storage Pooling with support for:
    • New pooling engine borrowed from Transparent RAID (*)
    • Metadata and file data caching (reduces disk access)
    • Multiple file distribution and handling strategies
    • Ability to configure Pool disk as removable or fixed volume
    • Storage Pooling with or without RAID protection
    • Storage Pool can include network shares (Network Pooling)
    • Universal Recycle Bin (supports restoring both locally and network deleted files)
    • (*) However, different UI configurable options
  • Drive Health Monitoring
  • Powerful Scheduler
  • Email & SMS Notifications

Try before you buy

All FlexRAID products comes with a free trial. Please use the trial period to fully validate that the product chosen meets your needs and functions as required before making a purchase. Also note that each license is node locked and platform specific on activation. If unsure about which product to get, first click on the button above to see the products comparison, then trial them both if still unsure.