Introduction to Software RAID

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Introduction to Software RAID

The below table explains the software RAID in detail: 

Software RAID/

Supported features

S140

S130

S110

 

 

 

PowerEdge servers

14G systems:

  • R740/R740xd
  • R640
  • R940
  • C6400
  • C6420

 

  • R440
  • T440
  • T640
  • R540
  • M640
  • FC640

13G systems:

  • T130  
  • R230  
  • R330  
  • T330  
  • R430  
  • T430  
  • FC430  
  • R530  
  • R630  
  • T630
  • M630  
  • FC630  
  • R730  
  • R730xd  
  • R830  
  • M830  
  • FC830  
  • C4130

NOTE: Not supported on R930, C6320, and C6320p

12G systems:

  • T20  
  • R220
  • R320
  • T320  
  • R420  
  • T420  
  • M420  
  • R520  
  • M520  
  • T620  
  • R620  
  • M620  
  • R720  
  • R820  
  • M820
  • R920 

 

Configuration

Up to 24 NVMe PCIe SSDs, SATA SSDs, SATA drives depending on your system backplane configuration

 

Up to 10 chipset connect SATA drives

Up to 4 chipset SATA drives

 

Management applications

  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
  • Dell OpenManage Storage Management
  • Lifecycle Controller
  • iDRAC

  • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
  • Dell OpenManage Storage Management
  • Lifecycle Controller

  • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
  • Human Interface Infrastructure (HII)

 

Supported High-level specifications

  • 512 native and 512e drives.
  • RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10 
  • I/O controller - Intel C621 (C620 series chipset)
  • PTR (Prepare to remove) for NVMe Non-RAID drives

  • 512 native, 512e drives, and 4Kn native drives
  • RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10.
  • I/O controller—Intel X99 and Intel C236 chipsets

NOTE: The Intel C236 chipset is supported only on PowerEdge R330, R230, T330, and T130 systems.

  • RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10
  • I/O Controller HUB (ICH) or Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chipset

 

  • S140 –  S140 is Software RAID solution on 14th generation of PowerEdge R740/R740xd, R640, R940, C6400, C6420, R440, T440, T640, R540, M640, and FC640 systems. The S140 controller supports up to 24 NVMe PCIe SSDs, SATA SSDs, SATA HDDs depending on your system backplane configuration.

You can configure the RAID system, create and manage multiple disk groups, control and monitor multiple RAID systems, and provide online maintenance by using:

    • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
    • Dell OpenManage Storage Management
    • Lifecycle Controller

High-level specifications:

    • Supports 512 native and 512e drives.
    • Supports software-based RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10 on chipset-connect SATA and NVMe drives
    • Supports I/O controller - Intel C621 (C620 series chipset)
    • Supports PTR (Prepare to remove) for NVMe Non-RAID drives

 

  • S130 – S130 is Software RAID solution on 13th generation of PowerEdge systems. It supports up to 10 chipset connect SATA drives.

            NOTE: The S130 is not supported on PowerEdge R930, C6320, and C6320p systems.

            You can configure the RAID system, create and manage multiple disk groups, control and monitor multiple RAID systems, and provide online maintenance by using:

    • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
    • Dell OpenManage Storage Management
    • Lifecycle Controller

            High-level specifications:

    • Supports 512 native, 512e drives, and 4Kn native drives
    • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10.
    • Supports I/O controller—Intel X99 and Intel C236 chipsets

            NOTE: The Intel C236 chipset is supported only on PowerEdge R330, R230, T330, and T130 systems.

 

  • S110 - The S110 controller is a software RAID solution available on all the 12G PowerEdge systems. It supports up to 4 chipset SATA drives.

               You can configure the RAID system, create and manage multiple disk groups, control and monitor multiple RAID systems, and provide online maintenance by using:

    • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
    • Human Interface Infrastructure (HII) 

               High-level specifications:

    • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10
    • Supports I/O Controller HUB (ICH) or Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chipset

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