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From this line of controllers

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My interpretation is as follows:

The Hybrid RAID involves an SSD and Non-SSD drive together in a RAID-1 configuration. Writes occur as normal, mirrored on both drives. However the controller only reads from the SSD (assuming it's non-degraded) returning data much faster. As such the Non-SSD becomes a backup only drive.

In contrast, the MaxCache can use one or more SSD drives to merely cache hot data. You can assemble a RAID-5/6 of slow SATA drives in the background, using the SSD as a dynamic cache of frequently accessed data.

The main contrast I suppose is

  1. The Hybrid RAID requires SSDs for all your data
  2. The MaxCache supports any sized Slow-RAID supported by a single SSD, the size is proportional only to how much data you wish cached.
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closed as not a real question by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Nifle, BloodPhilia, ChrisF, Sathya Feb 15 '12 at 12:14

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You've described the main difference(s) in your own question. What is it you are looking for an answer to? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 29 '12 at 5:47
Just looking to confirm my interpretation, perhaps I've missed something. – Jacob Groundwater Jan 29 '12 at 11:44

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