Hi, I am considering buying the following RAID Array for my storage needs:
http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10601

Now I'll hook-up this array to my machine running Ubuntu 12.04, but I am not sure how RAID works in Ubuntu. Of course, the manufacturer's firmware is for Windows/Mac only. Will I be able to use the RAID from Ubuntu? I don't want the array to be reduced to individual drives, since I am paying for the cabinet and the RAID functionality.

Another question along the same lines: could it be better to just get a cabinet of disks and set software RAID on them? What are the pros and cons of hardware-RAID vs. Software RAID?

Thanks for your time.