The double barrel of data storage power that a RAID server offers has ensured that for 9 out of 10 IT administrators, there is no such concept as “RAID data recovery.” Thanks to a superb combination of speedy access to data spanned over several drives, as well as the key redundancy factor; RAID servers are the most popular choice of seasoned IT administrators wanting to get the most solid storage solution available. It continues to be the data storage platform for critical mission-critical applications such as Exchange servers and Oracle databases.
The real danger of the RAID technology lies in its illusion of strength, however. Thus far, it is the best, and most configurable product the data storage industry has to offer. On the other hand, look at the key building blocks of the RAID server . A RAID platform is simply a bunch of hard drives linked to each other – with each hard drive merely a mechanical device, different although at the heart of it still the same type of structure as a hard disk from the 1980s. As of this writing, there is no serious non-mechanical hard drive available (solid state drives make an attempt, of course, but remain very susceptible to wear, trading one form of engineering problem for another), which means – surprise, surprise – RAID servers are destined to collapse.
Are all RAID servers doomed to fail, Well, not necessarily, and no matter the case, preparation, and planning virtually guarantees that the smart administrator will win the day. Consider these tips as part of your war plan:
Create An IT Asset Database – Whether you are the individual that controls your company’s IT equipment or not, research the exact machines that your role encompasses. Ensure you have a list on hand of all important equipment, from PCs to laptops, RAIDs to exchange servers. Knowledge is power here and will make a difference in the case of hard drive failure.
Collect Asset Information – Building a complete knowledgebase of the technologies you are in charge of is key to creating a recovery or disaster plan. If you are managing PC assets, know the manufacturer sites where you can obtain help or investigate recent issues that have affected systems. If you are using RAID servers, know the manufacturers of not only the platforms themselves but of the RAID controller cards. Again, being prepared in case of a RAID data recovery occurrence is going to make that process far less expensive, and much easier to catch.
Have A Professional Service Ready – If you haven’t had an issue that has necessitated hard drive or RAID data recovery, This is an easy fix. Knowing which are the best RAID repair shops in the industry is a slice of information you need to know. Not only that but is there a vendor that provides 24-hour service in case of hyper-critical failure. It’s much easier to investigate now than it will be when you find yourself in full RAID data recovery madness.
When it comes to the overall safety of your systems, there’s no such thing as “over-planning.” Being cool under pressure is paramount in an occurrence where RAID data recovery is necessary and will ensure that your emergency is more a bump in the road than a critical catastrophe.