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Storage Review: SupremeRAID™ v1.6 Update Targets Enhanced Reliability in RAID Storage

“This release marks a significant improvement in RAID technology, providing businesses with a more reliable and efficient way to manage their critical data…innovations like those in the SupremeRAID v1.6 update continue to play a crucial role in shaping the future of data storage solutions.”

written by Lyle Smith for Storage Review | April 23, 2024

Graid Technology has unveiled SupremeRAID Software version 1.6. This update introduces a new key feature to resolve the longstanding issues related to double failures in RAID configurations, a common, yet critical, challenge that has plagued data centers for years.

A double failure in RAID setups can happen during events like power outages or abrupt system shutdowns, particularly while the system is still recuperating from an earlier disk failure. Typically, RAID systems use a persistent journal that records each input/output operation along with its associated parity to maintain data integrity. Nevertheless, this approach has progressively become a limitation, particularly in contemporary setups that utilize NVMe SSDs. In these scenarios, using a single device for the journal can turn into a significant point of failure.

SupremeRAID v1.6 addresses this issue head-on with its innovative distributed journal feature. By distributing data and parity information across all disks within a RAID group and redundantly journaling this data, the software not only eliminates the single point of failure but also enhances performance by alleviating bottlenecks associated with traditional journaling methods.

This feature is particularly important for enterprises where data integrity and system stability are vital. Moreover, the distributed journal ensures that, even when multiple, simultaneous failures occur, data recovery processes are robust and less likely to be impacted. This means it can maintain high performance levels without sacrificing reliability.

Graid Technology is expected to roll out the SupremeRAID v1.6 beta version to its OEM customers and key global accounts beginning in early May, with a broader public release slated for late June. The software update will be available across all Graid Technology products simultaneously and existing customers can benefit from these enhancements without the need for additional hardware investment.

Ultimately, this release marks a significant improvement in RAID technology, providing businesses with a more reliable and efficient way to manage their critical data. As companies demand higher performance and greater data security, innovations like those in the SupremeRAID v1.6 update continue to play a crucial role in shaping the future of data storage solutions.

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