posted on Aug, 4 2006 @ 04:25 PM
I've read alot about it and went to a product unveiling from Lucent and Avaya where they showed this tech too. I was there for Avaya but well, a geek
is always happy to see the rest of the toys too :p
The last 2 years alot has been done in the field of mass storage and harddrive storage, while imho they should be focusing on RAM capacity and speed
instead, preferably, like IBM's MRAM and Holoram tech, RAM types that remembers their state, even if there is completely no power, this will reduce
system bootups to null and the latency's in these types of ram are extremely low.
I prefer to look for the lowest capacity drives I can posibly when its for desktops, preferably 4 40GB ATA133 drives in a raid config, because a lot
of space is unneeded and asking for trouble on desktops imho.
For filestoreage and stuff, its better to just use a dedicated fileserver in which you incorporate either RAID5 level redundancy or a decent backup
system to keep your files safe.
Keeping files you need to keep in storage, like video's, audio and application installers, on your desktop is just asking to loose them imho. Alot
can go wrong with the drives themselves, desktops are much more vulnerable to virusses, glitches, spyware, fatal crashes and other data destroying
problems then dedicated file storage systems.
My fileserver is simply an older Dual Athlon MP board I picked up for 50$, 2 2nd hand Athlon XP's moded to XP-M's with the SMP bridges linked for
26$ a pop(Athlon XP, MP and XP-M are the same CPU's with their bridges configured differently, but you can unlock the XP-M(mobile) and MP features on
athlon xp's too :p) 1GB of DDR ram I had laying around all put into a 10 year old hightower case I still had in the attick.
The only thing that cost anything was the 12 channel 3Ware ATA Raid controller and the yearly or 2 yearly update to larger harddrives, I never go
bleeding edge with harddrives either, usualy just midrange models, like now, I just replaced the harddrives for the fileserver with 300GB ones, still
giving me a total storage of 2.7TB total space when in the Raid5 arays, while the max for this controller is 3.7TB with 2TB max per Array.