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Features Recap

A recap of general FlexRAID features and of product specific features.

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General FlexRAID Features

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Greatest data safety at the lowest risk of data loss.

By thinking completely outside of the box, we have been able to achieve a non-destructive RAID over filesystem (RAID-F™) technology and a Transparent RAID™ technology, both which provide unparallel data protection and recovery.

Unlike traditional RAID systems where losing one drive past the tolerance level results in total data loss, the data on surviving drives in all FlexRAID products remain fully readable and accessible. This gives FlexRAID products the best case scenario in the unfortunate event where a failed disk cannot be restored due to failure past the tolerance level.

There is a notion that RAID is not backup, which is made more prognostic in traditional RAIDs since failures past the tolerance level result in total data loss. Nonetheless, having to restore a complete backup of a large array is time consuming. FlexRAID products represent better case scenarios whereas only the failed disks would need to be restored from backup if they could not be restored from parity.

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All your data in 1 place.

Merge all your drives into a single massive volume. All FlexRAID products include a Storage Pooling technology that allows you to turn independent hard drives of various sizes, makes, and models into an aggregated storage pool, even if they already contain data.

Storage Pooling is a great concept, which was pioneered and popularized by FlexRAID. Whenever you have multiple disks, having to track which disk has which data is counter productive and energy wasteful. We say energy wasteful as all FlexRAID products allow for your disks to go into sleep mode thereby conserving power energy and will activate only the disk being operated on. So, rather you scanning multiple disks to find your data, our pooling technology can track that data more efficiently and transparently.
Best yet, Storage Pooling allows you to better organized your data into a single unified view.

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Highly Scalable & Smart Storage System.

FlexRAID products are highly scalable and smart storage systems that turn independent hard drives of various sizes, makes, and models into storage pools and storage pools in turn into storage clouds.

That’s right! You can build your own home or private intranet storage cloud and keep complete control over your data with a FlexRAID solution. Online cloud storage is a great idea. However, your data is at the mercy and control of someone else. Having your data local give you content locality and complete control. If the data needs to be remote for disaster protection purposes, one option other than online cloud storage could be an offsite private server which you could connect to through a VPN connection.

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World’s most innovative RAID Engines.

FlexRAID products feature N+1 and N+X parity data protection through various RAID engines.

All of them are non-standard and have their own nomenclature in the form of Tx, where T stands for Tolerance and x represents the tolerance level. The most acclaimed of them all is the Tx engine providing RAID∞™ data protection and recovery.

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Keep tab on your drives health.

All FlexRAID products enables you to monitor the health of your drives and will alert you via SMS or e-mail if anomalies are found.

Better than being able to recover from a drive failure is getting early notification that a drive might fail and being able to backup your precious data in time. Additionally, FlexRAID provides you with useful charts for you to visually see the health via statistical attributes of your drives over time.

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Pick the OS and platform you are comfortable with.

FlexRAID products have varying support for Server and Desktop editions of Windows 32 bit and 64 bit (XP and above and including Windows 10) and Linux (including Ubuntu, Redhat, SUSE, Zentyal, OpenMediaVault, and many others).


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