RAID Storage in the a flash …
Thanks to ADDONICS, which has released the world’s first compact flash RAID controller. And what’s amazing is that it only costs $50 and can hold up to four cards with a current maximum storage capacity of 32 GB each. With the card filled to capacity with compact flash drive that can be configured as either corporately, as one large drive, individually as four separate drives, or in a RAID array to either save across all four drives simultaneously, or from one drive to the next the card isn’t cheap, but ironically, the card itself is the affordable part, with 32GB Compact flash cards going for almost $700.
Still, the card shows where the storage industry is heading, away from large capacity, fast spinning hard drives, and towards solid state flash drives that have essentially no moving parts, use less power and are extremely silent. And with the current high cost also comes blinding speed. Much faster than hard drive based RAID arrays. The CF card has been at speeds close to 40 MB/sec sustained data transfer separately and pushing near 80 MB/sec in a RAID array.
That’s fast. And it’s only the beginning, as researchers are saying the CD RAID arrays are definitely the next logical step