Sat, Nov 27 2010 23:26
With and without DE
This is one of those times I'd love to have parallel universes. I'd love to see with and without the DE decision.
From a thread in the Vail forums... a reminder that DE2 wasn't the perfection it is thought to be... A poster in the forum recapped how DE2 had issues:
"Why was DEv2 fundamentally flawed? Its been reiterated on these forums numerous times, but to recap.
DEv2 had massive overhead. Data protection required a 60% decrease in total storage space. That was simply unacceptable to anyone with a large storage library. Yes, 2TB drives are cheap, but that still doesn't mean I'm willing to sacrifice 14.5TB of my 24TB array for data protection. Even someone with a modest 4 drive, 8TB config would be making large sacrifices here...
DEv2 was unsafe without data protection. Yes, it had additional ECC. But the 1GB "chunking" mechanism essentially turned your storage into a giant RAID0 array, where any SINGLE drive failure would result in data loss.
DEv2 had appcompat issues. These were being chased down all the time. Everyone remembers the nightmare that was V1 appcompat, with certain applications being deemed "unsafe" and people loosing email and photo libraries.
Bottom line. The primary goal of any storage system is to prevent data corruption, and keep your data safe. RAID has been doing this for decades, and is now easier to use than ever. I strongly suspect OEMs are simply going to sell servers with RAID protected storage, configured out of the box, and be done with it."
The decision to nuke DE, while not a KIN, Response Point, Microsoft accounting or any of the other nuked projects of late, still feels like it's impacting the passion of Home Server big time. Understandably so. Folks who build add ins on Home Server are already indicating that they aren't sure they will build an add in for Vail as a result of the DE pull.
I see folks say that small firms will be sunk without DE, but with DE2, I see them with risk of data loss as well.
Bottom line I don't think DE2 was as wonderful as people think it was. It still sucks that it was pulled, but I don't think DE2 was perfect.
I have this saying, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. I'm still hoping that there's some lemonade in our future. Time will tell.
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