Originally Posted by lockdown571
I'm still a bit confused about what this is. Is this going to replace Flexraid? Is it a separate product? If it's an improvement over Flexraid, will there be an upgrade path for Flexraid users?
One of the things I have on my plate is to provide clarification over the product offerings.
1. I like the name FlexRAID. As such, I don't want it tied to a product. Rather, I want "FlexRAID" to represent a family of products.
2. Under FlexRAID we now have:
- RAID-F: Snapshot RAID, Real-Time RAID, and Storage Pooling over File System (the current FlexRAID features)
- NZFS: a Next-Generation Technology that works below and optionally within a File System
NZFS is not a replacement for RAID-F, but instead it is a competing product.
It is a completely different take at solving the problem of storage protection.
RAID-F works as designed and satisfies a particular niche. I have a system that will always run RAID-F (heck, I created RAID-F because of that system).
The problem of storage data protection can be viewed from different angles; and with each angle, a different solution will seem more appropriate than the other.
The fact that NZFS is a far more advanced solution and now competes with the big dogs (RAIDz and the likes) is not a backhand to RAID-F.
That said, just as unRAID, RAID-F will take a hit from NZFS.
I suspect that many current FlexRAID users will migrate to NZFS.
I am revamping the current RAID-F functionality to give it a fighting chance. But still, NZFS will put some hurt on everyone in the space.