Almost every modern hard drive comes with a feature that can help your staff preempt many device failures. Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T. is a handy tool for keeping an eye on hard drive health in both data center and terminal environments. S.M.A.R.T. collects data to observe the performance of the motors, disk platters, read/write heads, and other device electronics. The HDD uses that information to compare against performance degradation trends that indicate imminent device failure. Read More
A new approach to constructing solid state drive technology is chipping away at advantages formerly held by hard disc drives. Up until 2016, computers and servers could get more in storage from a traditional hard disc drive than a solid state drive when accounting for the physical size of the device. According to Forbes this is no longer the case, as manufacturers can now build flash memory storage devices that store more data in less space than a traditional hard drive. However, should your data center immediately exchange all of its existing HDDs for SSDs? Most likely not. Read More
Security is no longer the biggest concern among cloud users according to a newly-published survey. RightScale says users are now most concerned about a lack of resources and expertise.
The figure comes from the 2016 State of the Cloud Report, based on the questioning of 1,060 technical professionals, covering businesses of all sizes. It found 32% of respondents thought lack of resources and expertise was a challenge, compared with 29% citing security. Read More
A February 2016 class action lawsuit argues that one manufacturer is responsible for selling hard drives that failed at a rate substantially higher than the industry average. The lawsuit targets HDD manufacturer Seagate over a 3TB model, arguing that the replacement of failed drives with the same model was inadequate in fulfilling warranty obligations because the failure rates on the replacement drives were so high. The lawsuit cites information from cloud storage provider Backblaze which claims the 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 failed at a staggeringly high 43.1% annual rate. Within three years only 68% of the drives Backblaze installed were still operational. Read More
Businesses operating data centers often neglect infrastructure efficiency which costs the business substantial money. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S. data centers used 91 billion kilowatt-hours to operate in 2013. The organization argues that energy use could have been cut by 40% by optimizing infrastructure for efficiency which could save American businesses upwards of 3.8 billion dollars annually. Power efficiency is a major concern for small-to-medium level implementations, not just for massive server farms. Read More