[Beowulf] what defines "enterprise class" hard drives?

Rahul Nabar rpnabar at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 23:36:00 PDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 6:39 PM, Joe Landman
<landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:
> On 08/05/2010 05:47 PM, Rahul Nabar wrote:
>> I wanted to buy some 1 Terabyte SATA drives for our storage array and
>> wanted to stay away from the cheap desktop stuff. But each
>> manufacturer has some "enterprise class drives". But is there
>> something specific to look for? Most of those seem to have a MTBF of
>> around 1.2 million hours and a URE of about 1 in 10^15. The S.M.A.R.T.
>> abilities seem fairly standard.  Is there a list somewhere of well
>> tested drives? Or any recommendations?
> Understand that these designations have more to do with product feature set
> groupings (marketing groupings) than anything else.  The feature set
> variations are mostly in the firmware for large groups of product offerings
> (lowers BOM costs by using the same physical hardware on all units).

Thanks very much Joe for your helpful insights (as always! ) !!


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