A technique for using multiple synchronized hard drives to increase performance and/or reliabliity.
Organizations and individuals store vast amounts of their data on hard drives today. Hard drives offer large amounts of storage space and the ability to seek and retrieve data very quickly. However, computers are imperfect machines made by imperfect beings and warranties do not last forever. The result is a simple technological fact: Hard drives fail. Eventually, your will be confronted with a dead hard drive; therefore, it is important to be prepared. When using the right combination of technologies and techniques, a dead hard drive is barely a blip on the radar screen.
What if you could store all the information that normally is saved on one hard drive to two or more hard drives at the exact same time? What if one of these hard drives breaks and data could be instantly read from any of the other drives? Its highly unlikely that two hard drives will fail simultaneously. Now, imagine that you could employ this type of storage in real time. Thiss very real technology that eliminates downtime due to drive failure is known to most of us as RAID.
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