Q. What is a ‘RAID’ server ? Why should I opt for RAID Servers?
Ans: RAID stands for ‘Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks’. It is a technique for using multiple hard disk drives to provide fault tolerance. Normally, Web Hosting UK use high quality hardware to configure dedicated server systems with 2 hard drives to use RAID 1 disk mirroring. RAID server mirroring guarantees optimal data integrity and instant access to your data. All data is written to both hard drives simultaneously. With RAID 1, if one of the drives fails the server can continue to run normally with just the remaining dedicated server hard drive. We can then schedule a mutually convenient time to replace the failed dedicated server hard drive, meaning minimal downtime for your server. Without RAID, a single hard drive failure could result in few days downtime in the worst case scenario that it was necessary to reinstall the operating system from scratch. The advantage of this type of RAID server configuration is that recovery takes less time, resources and tools – assuming that the mirrors functioning correctly when the failure occurred. Please note that on a RAID 1 system, the storage capacity is effectively halved i.e. a pair of 160 GB hard drives will give you 160 GB of storage space, not 320 GB. If you have more advanced requirements, we are also able to do custom RAID 5 systems with 3 or more hard drives.
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