PSA: If you run any Hewlett Packard Enterprise servers or storage options, you would be sensible to replace its firmware earlier than October. Some SAS SSDs in these merchandise will “catastrophically” fail after 40,000 hours of uptime. If you utilize enterprise SSDs from different OEMs, you may need to ensure your firmware is present with them as properly, because the flaw isn’t distinctive to HPE merchandise.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has issued a essential warning for a number of the solid-state drives it makes use of in quite a lot of its enterprise server and storage merchandise. The “flaw” causes the SSDs to brick at precisely 40,000 hours (four years, 206 days, 16 hours). HPE warns that this can be a catastrophic failure that can render all saved knowledge unrecoverable.

Equipment put in with firmware previous to HPD7 is topic to this situation. So far, these drives needs to be in working order as most shipped lower than 5 years in the past. The firm predicts that SAS SSDs that haven’t been up to date ought to begin experiencing failure no sooner than October 2020.

Four particular merchandise have been recognized as inclined to this flaw, together with HPE mannequin numbers EK0800JVYPN, EO1600JVYPP, MK0800JVYPQ, and MO1600JVYPR. These are 800GB and 1.6TB drives.

Enterprise SSD flaw bricks drives and renders data unrecoverable after 40,000 hours

The defect is outwardly not remoted to HPE tools and will have an effect on different OEMs as properly. Hewlett Packard says it was notified of the flaw by an unnamed SSD producer, which some have speculated is SanDisk.

It can also be not the primary glitch of this sort. In January, HPE issued an identical warning for SAS SSDs that might fail after 32,768 hours. That drawback had a wider scope affecting 20 completely different SKUs.

Administrators ought to replace firmware instantly and get in touch with HPE assist in the event that they run into any points. The firmware model to search for is, as beforehand talked about, HPD7. The firm has a fixes out there for VMWare, Windows, and Linux on its web site. It additionally has documentation and tools for figuring out the full uptime of affected merchandise.

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