Originally Posted by stepmback
Out of curiosity, why did you choose FlexRaid over UnRaid?
The primary reason is because it can be installed on various operating systems. I'm using WHS, so my server is also handling my client backups, router logging, it's running my MyMovies backend server and ripping, utorrent/sabnzbd, etc. I can put just about anything on it for any other process I may want to have running constantly, vs. something on one of my clients. While unRAID is a good proven solution if all you want is storage for your media with some redundancy, it's not really intended to do anything other than that.
If you had it to do over again, would you pick FlexRaid? The one nice thing about FlexRaid over UnRaid is you can have more than one parity drive, so if two drives crashed at same time you would not loose any data.
Yes, and the ability to have a practically unlimited number of parity units is unique to FlexRAID. I'm currently running two parity drives, but I have 21 data drives. I'm pretty much at my limit of comfort for fault tolerance for this number of drives. Once drive prices drop back down, I will likely be adding more parity.
One thing that hasn't been mentioned though: FlexRAID is about to go commercial. The most common complaints about FlexRAID has been that it's always in beta, and the support was inconsistent. It's coming out of beta soon, and the support level has been promised to improve as a commercial product, but it will no longer be free. I'm sure some people will view this as a good thing, and some as bad. Personally, I see it as a good thing, though I think his price target may be a tad high.