A common question we get asked here at 45 Drives is, “What RAID should I use with my Storinator?” Our answer: “What are you trying to do?” Choosing which RAID level is right for your application requires some thought into what is most important for your storage solution. Is it performance, redundancy or storage efficiency? In other words, do you need…

As a NAS operating system, FreeNAS has been out there for a decade. Working on the beautiful marriage of FreeBSD and ZFS, it's been tried and tested by many users within the storage community, to great success. But if you're one of those people who is more into Linux and Btrfs, you may be yearning for an alternative. Over the…

My last post, How to Achieve 20 Gb & 30 Gb Bandwidth through Network Bonding, was our most popular blog entry yet. There was a LOT of discussion and comments about the results of my testing, as well as network bonding in general (including here) – which was awesome to see. It's great when people care about what you write! One prevalent comment…

We’re adding another new voice to the blog – Rob MacQueen is an engineer in our R&D department. In his first blog post, he shares his experiments with setting up network bonding in order to achieve 30Gb bandwidth. Welcome Rob! The cost of 10GbE networking has dropped dramatically in the last two years. Plus, getting 10GbE to work has simplified…

Introducing a new voice to the 45 Drives blog, Darrell Cormier. Darrell is part of our R&D team! At 45 Drives, we're continuously striving to improve the quality of our systems. Our goal is to provide industrial-strength storage solutions to our customers that are exceptionally affordable. As a part of that, we're always looking to innovate our Storinator storage pods…

In previous posts, I showed measurements of the power draw of Consumer (C-class) HDDs, in both standard and staggered start-up. In this post, I'm showing the same power draw tests, but this time with Enterprise (E-class) HDDs! Consumer vs. Enterprise First of all, before we get into the fun stuff on power draw, let’s clear up some of the mystery of enterprise drives. You…

You've seen him in our 45 Drives videos, now Product Manager Stephen MacNeil lends his voice to the 45 Drives blog to discuss our latest news - we're now offering enterprise-class hard drives to our customers! As the product manager, I've been a part of 45 Drives from the beginning. As a key part of the visionary team, I've seen us…

In Part 1 of the series, I discussed the Power Draw of a Storinator on Startup and other conditions. Results showed that our Storinator’s Power Supply Unit (PSU) is well suited for the task at hand – starting and maintaining 45 HDDs and the other components. However, not all drives are created equal. Some pull more current than others during start…

There is a lot going on inside your Storinator. CPUs are a cyclin', fans are turnin', data is movin', and most importantly, 45 drives are spinnin'! A steady and reliable power source is essential to make all of this happen. In our quest to create a rock-solid industrial strength server, we've spent a lot of time engineering the power system on…

Introducing a new voice to the 45 Drives blog – Brett Kelly, one of the R&D engineers for 45 Drives, who shares his experience with upgrading to CentOS 7.  45 Drives is built on the idea of highly customizable storage servers in the form of our Storinators. Whatever your configuration, including operating system, we can build it.  This includes choice of…

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