The Levels of RAID

Last time we discussed the various benefits of RAID: protection against failure, larger volumes, and improved performance. Now we’ll learn what each level of RAID means and the trade-offs of each one. As with anything in engineering, there are several ways to go...

Preventing Data Loss with RAID

The concepts of scalability and redundancy go hand-in-hand. Building an environment that is capable of scaling out offers the ability to fine-tune how much failure you can withstand. There are a dizzying approaches to redundancy—power, network, storage, server, data,...

Scalability part 3: You’re ready for cloud

In Scalability 102: Virtualization, we discussed the advantages that virtualization brings to the table when scaling your environment. Here’s a quick recap: There more you can utilize the idle time on most servers, the less you have to worry about scaling via...

Scalability part 2: Virtualization

It used to be that scaling your infrastructure was a simple matter of buying larger boxes or more boxes, but this brings with it increased cost and complexity. As your server environment grows, it consumes more compute, storage, network, and power. Making the most...

Scalability Part 1: Up And Out

Everyone wants to grow. Whether that’s serving more customers, expanding into new markets, or taking care of internal IT for more employees, growth is a measure of the health in business, economies, and nature itself. Growing your IT infrastructure can be a...

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