Assassin Gensesis Media Servers (or Network Attached Servers –NAS) are configured with the most advanced (in our humble opinion) server software available today.
In fact the Gensesis is so advanced, it can act as fully functional HTPC's and both a media server at the same time if configured with our Assassin Ultimate Setup!
The standard RAID arrays you are used to are old technology. Even Windows 8 and 10 new storage options are limited in scope as advances have been made to more cost effective, user friendly versatile RAID system.
Windows 10 as a Server OS:
Windows Operating systems have come a long way and can be very effective and good server operating systems while giving you the added benifit of being able use your Genesis as a fully functional HTPC as well.
Server Software Configuration:
Hardware RAID Options for HTPCs:
Striped Across Discs
-Best for Speed
-Pointless for HTPC
-No Data Protection
-No Benefits for HTPC
-Direct backup of Disc
-High Cost per TB
-Lots of Heat/Noise
Hardware Parity Drive
-Requires 3 Drive Minimum
-Cannot add Parity drives
-Cannot add Storage drives once Pool is full
-Good Cost per TB Ratio
BEST-Requred 3 Drive Minimum
Software FlexRaid Parity Drive
-CAN add drives and expand as you grow
-Great Cost per TB Ratio
-1 Drive can back up to 7 other drives
FlexRaid: *Assassin Recommended*
Assassin HTPC with FlexRaid Technology is able to use 1 drive to back up to 7 other hard drives using its advanced software RAID array. The simple explanation is that a parity drive converts your information into raw data (1’s and 0’s) allowing you to backup 7 other hard drives with a single parity drive. When one drive fails, it uses simple math to deduce the information that was on it by subtracting the data from the other drives, realizing what it’s missing and from that be able to restore the data on the missing drive completely.
Positives: 1 HD backs up 7 other hard drives and you can ADD hard drives as you grow easily! This is something no other parity drive RAID allows you to do. Keep in mind the # of Parity drives you set up (you can add more as you go also) is equal to the number of simultaneous drive failures you can incur without losing any data!
Cons: You have to buy an extra hard drive to start to use as parity (but this will pay for itself many times over in the long run however!)