There are advantages and disadvantages to using the various implementations of RAID (redundant array of independent disks).
|Microsoft® WindowsNT®-based striping or Windows 2000 RAID-5 volumes||No added hardware cost.||Uses system processing resources.|
|Hardware-based striping||Does not compete for processor cycles. Best performance of all RAID implementations.||Additional cost of specialized hardware.|
RAID solutions typically used with Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 provide varying levels of redundancy and fault tolerance.
|Hardware-based RAID 3, 5, or 10||Excellent performance. Does not compete for processor cycles.||Cost.|
|Hardware-based RAID 1||Excellent redundancy. Does not compete for processor cycles.||Additional cost due to more hardware.|
|Hardware-based RAID 10||Excellent performance. Excellent redundancy.||Additional cost due to more hardware.|
|Windows NT–based RAID 1 or Windows 2000 mirrored volumes||Good redundancy. Low cost.||Uses system processing resources.|
|Windows NT– or Windows 2000-based RAID 5||Excellent read performance. Low cost.||Uses system processing resources.|