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Windows® Small Business Server 2011 by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Disk Arrays

The most common computer hardware malfunction is probably a hard disk failure. Even though hard disks have become more reliable over time, they are still subject to failure, especially during their first month or so of use. They are also vulnerable to both catastrophic and degenerative failures caused by power problems. Fortunately, disk arrays have become the norm for servers, and good fault-tolerant hardware RAID systems are available and supported on SBS. The choice of RAID and the particulars of how you configure your RAID system can significantly affect the cost of your servers. To make an informed choice for your environment and needs, you must understand the tradeoffs and the differences in fault tolerance, speed, configurability, ...

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