RAID Storage–High-level Impact
“While the word ‘level’ is commonly used with RAID, the term does not mean that the different levels indicate a quality or performance ranking,” Leenerman says. “The numbers only indicate different methodologies, all of which are useful for particular types of data or applications.”
The Ciprico 7000 series comes with a Fibre Channel interface allowing up to 100MB/second transfer speed. Ciprico’s 6900 series has a 40MB/second interface and the same redundancy features. Recently, Ciprico introduced its FibreSTORE disk array for entry-level requirements.
“The trend in the graphic arts to embrace RAID storage technology answers two requirements: Deliver the higher throughput needed to sustain the processing of imagesetters, proofers and applications that could not perform with the limitation of a single hard drive performance, and secure the work during production and the waiting cycles needed between stages,” reports Gideon Moran of CyberStorage Systems.
“Most implementations of RAID level 0 will be on workstations doing production or outputting to proofers, imagesetters and direct-to-plate. These systems usually consist of two or four disk drives with either software or a mix of hardware or software products,” Moran suggests. “RAID 3 or 4 is implemented with large configurations consisting of multiple drives from five to over 100, with capacities ranging from 10GB to over 1.5TB.” Currently, CyberStorage offers