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No. There is no such thing as Hardware RAID.
There are a number of different vendors, implementing hardware RAID on their - BIOS, disk controllers etc etc.
When hardware RAID works its great. When it does't its hell! Over the years I've had enough problems with RAID controllers to avoid RAID like the plague. its a 'too simple solution' for a 'too complex problem'.
RAID started off as cheap + dirty and got more complex and expensive over the years.
ZFS + JBOD is very very very good. Its the right solution for the problem.
Look, hard disks are no longer spinning platters of directly addressable blocks. The controller of the average HDD is very complex; there are no directly addressable physical blocks any more.