2016
01.10

IBM RAID Recovery

ibm-raid-recoveryI think we really had too many situations lately in which we were left hung out to dry by our server manufacturers. For a while there, I began to practically be best friends with a couple of the RAID recovery technicians at our local server repair company. I felt like I was talking to them everyday and I managed to build some pretty good relationships that way, but it shouldn’t have been the case in the first place because our server company really dropped the ball. I know that a lot of people talk up IBM servers as really being some of the best kind of servers to purchase, but I have to say that our experience with them has been pretty poor over the past couple of weeks. I know that this is a pretty premium price server and as a result I’m actually quite surprised that the support is so shoddy. Smarten up, IBM.

We Needed IBM Raid Recovery

I think probably a lot of the problems for IBM began when they first started to sell off their PC division to Lenovo. I feel like that is when they really started to cut down on the support for their products, which of course includes a lot of very expensive enterprise servers. I felt like around that time we were getting the support we needed, especially any emergency situation like when we needed to have RAID recovery services performed. I honestly thought that IBM would be there to help us recover the data, but it turned out that they just ended up calling an outside provider to offer the raid data recovery. They were definitely good company, but I expected more from IBM considering the amount of money we spent on the servers. This is not a cheap product, and I expect a premium service when I am paying such a gigantic price.

Learning from Raid Recovery

I have to say that I was a little bit surprised by all of the issues we had when we first set up our raid 10 server. I thought I had a pretty good familiarity with the platform, but I found out a little bit later when I was talking to our professional RAID recovery technician that this was very much not the case. We unfortunately had not set up the array correctly and the drives were not striping right. I think that this is a pretty common thing when people are setting up raid servers from scratch, and that is probably why so many of these boxed raid providers are so popular. It just makes it easier to deal with raid 10 servers in general.

But, sometimes I overestimated my own skills and find that I am in a situation that requires something like raid recovery. It’s unfortunate, but I’m learning from this.

Raid Recovery for Exchange

I’m getting a little bit tired of always defending myself against the accusations of management that I was trying to hook us up with the wrong kind of technology. I honestly felt that a raid 10 server would be the best choice for Microsoft exchange program, and for quite a long time it was very functional for us. In fact, I think if you took a look at all of the other NAS and SAN solutions out there, you would realize that probably raid 10 is your best choice. How was I supposed to know that at some point we were going to need IBM RAID recovery? certainly everyone knows that raid servers are based on mechanical hard drive, and how even know if you get a bad bunch or not? We happened to have this happen and suddenly I am the bad guy. Well, at least we chose the right raid data recovery company.

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