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OWC Announces SoftRAID 5.1, and SoftRAID Lite

Get HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8 Hard Drive or OWC Thunderbay 4 RAID-5 edition at OWC.

MPG has been using SoftRAID 5.1 for all the recent tests with the HGST Ultrastar He8. Once done with the tests, diglloyd (MPG) will be using SoftRAID with those 8TB drives in a 3-volume topology for main storage.

In OS X El Capitan, Apple removed RAID functionality in Disk Utility, shamefully and unprofessionally leaving RAID users hung out to dry. See, for example, the fun game of using a Terminal command to check RAID status: Checking RAID-1 Mirror Status in OS X El Capitan (now that DiskUtility is toast for RAID). Enjoy, courtesy of Apple geniuses.

Accordingly, MPG advises SoftRAID for all RAID users on Apple OS X.

Note: as of early January 2016, SoftRAID cannot yet existing Disk Utility RAID volumes to SoftRAID format. That feature is planned. To convert these existing RAID volumes, backup (at least two copies!), recreate the RAID with SoftRAID, then restore the contents.

OWC Announces All-New SoftRAID Lite and SoftRAID 5.1

Other World Computing announced today the availability of two new versions of SoftRAID, the revolutionary software RAID solution.

SoftRAID Lite is a streamlined software RAID solution supporting RAID 0 and RAID 1 and includes powerful drive health monitoring.

OWC also announced that SoftRAID 5.1, an enhanced version of the full-featured SoftRAID 5 solution, will now be included with the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition.

SoftRAID Lite

Until the release of Apple OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), Mac users who wanted to create a software RAID had been able to do so by using the Disk Utility application included with OS X. However, El Capitan removes that functionality from Disk Utility. Unless they have SoftRAID Lite, El Capitan users will now need to create and manage software RAIDs by using Terminal commands, a more tedious process than what was possible through Disk Utility.

SoftRAID Lite brings back RAID creation and management in an easy-to-use utility, and it serves as a professional utility for establishing and managing RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays. SoftRAID Lite provides these key features:

Create and manage software RAID 0 and 1 arrays
Enterprise-class drive health monitoring
Predictive disk-failure analysis
Certification of drives prior to setting up a new array
Desktop notifications of drive health and status.
SoftRAID Lite users will also have access to the SoftRAID Forum, a new knowledge base that will be the primary source of technical support for SoftRAID Lite.

SoftRAID Version 5.1

More advanced functionality, including the creation and management of RAID modes 4, 5, and 1+0, and e-mail status alerts, is available in the latest version of SoftRAID 5, version 5.1. SoftRAID 5.1 combines advanced RAID modes, high performance, enterprise-class monitoring, e-mail notifications, and fast rebuild capabilities that only a software RAID can deliver.

OWC ThunderBay 4 + SoftRAID = Otherworldly Performance

OWC ThunderBay 4 RAID and ThunderBay 4 mini RAID, OWC’s flagship production four-bay drive RAIDs, are powered by the revolutionary SoftRAID 5 engine and utilize Thunderbolt 2 technology for extreme capacity and performance that enables workflows without limitations. The ThunderBay 4 is optimized for HDDs with up to 32TB, while the ThunderBay 4 mini is optimized for SSDs with up to 8TB.

“We’re constantly evolving, always working to give our customers the most advanced solutions,” said Larry O’Connor, OWC Founder and CEO. “SoftRAID Lite and SoftRAID 5.1 build on an already amazing product to further enhance the revolutionary SoftRAID engine, and combined with the OWC ThunderBay 4 line, our customers will experience outstanding performance, reliability, and flexibility.”

Availability

SoftRAID Lite is available at eshop.macsales.com/item/SoftRAID/SOFTRAIDLDVD/.

SoftRAID version 5.1 is available now for same day shipping from eshop.macsales.com/item/SoftRAID/SOFTRAID5RTL/. SoftRAID version 5.1 is an update, and is available to all registered users of SoftRAID 5.x at no charge.

SoftRAID version 5.1 is included with ThunderBay 4 RAID and ThunderBay 4 mini RAID. The products are available now for same day shipping from OWC.

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