Friday, March 02, 2007

StorageMojo - Open Letter to Seagate, Hitachi GST, EMC, HP, NetApp, IBM and Sun

"The papers suggested that important assumptions about disks, and by implication, arrays, are wrong - and not just a little.

  • Failure rates are several times higher than reported by drive companies.
  • Actual MTBFs (or AFRs) of “enterprise” and “consumer” drives are much pretty much the same.
  • Drive failure rates rise steadily with age rather than staying flat through some n-year mark.
  • SMART is not a reliable predictor of drive failure.
  • Array disk failures are highly correlated, making RAID 5 two to four times less safe than assumed."

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