Hi, I am currently considering my options for a new storage volume and I have just run across this product. I am trying to decide between implementing DrivePool or going with a more traditional RAID solution. Something that attracts me to software or hardware mirroring is the fact that I expect to have many drives and the possibility that I can get better I/O performance through mirroring and striping over many columns.
Regarding DrivePool performance, I do see claims on the website that data duplication will improve performance by reading from more than one source at a time. However, it seems to me like the primary purpose of duplication is for data protection / drive failure. What I was wondering is, whether DrivePool can also use additional space on parallel drives to store additional mirrors and improve performance even more? For example, I might have a folder that I don't need a duplicate of, or I don't need more than a single redundancy (for failure protection), but I would like it's read speeds to be optimized as much as possible. So if I have free space on more than two drives, will DrivePool be able to automatically stripe/cache additional copies of certain data and then read that data from several drives when it is requested? Or if this is not currently an option, has this been a requested feature / on the roadmap?
Thanks for any help!