Symform Takes RAID Redundancy to a Whole New Level
Redundancy is a critical function in data protection. In simple terms, redundancy guarantees that your data is duplicated or that additional copies are made to ensure that it can be recovered, even if there is some data loss. RAID is a storage technology that provides increased reliability and functions using redundancy. It’s common to hear of RAID 5 or 6.
Symform utilizes its patented RAID 96 technology, which builds in redundancy when we fragment data to be dispersed across the Symform Cloud Storage Network. We call it RAID 96 because we create 96 fragments of each block of data and distribute them to 96 separate, random devices on the network.
Here’s How RAID 96 Works:
- Each folder is encrypted with AES-256 encryption.
- Your files are chopped into blocks of up to 64 MB.
- Each block is then shred into 64 fragments.
- An additional 32 parity fragments are created using Symform’s RAID algorithm, creating a total of 96 fragments. In other words, our redundancy ratio is 1.5 times.
- The 96 encrypted fragments are distributed to 96 unique devices on the network.
- Symform Cloud Control monitors the devices, and if any are at risk or showing low availability, it recreates that fragment and sends it to another device.
- To restore your original file, only 64 of the 96 fragments are needed. The rest are redundant!
Symform’s Industry Leading Redundant Data Storage
Many cloud storage solutions incorporate little to no redundancy of your files. So while backing up your files does give you a redundant offsite copy, without any redundancy in the cloud itself, recovering your data may turn out to be a lost cause. Just as strong network architecture incorporates load balancing and failover, so should data storage and backup incorporate failover, which in this case is accomplished through redundancy of your critical data. During each step of the process, Symform goes beyond industry standards to ensure optimal network reliability and durability, bandwidth and data transfer, and data redundancy and protection.