Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers

Peter Kjellstrom cap at
Wed Feb 10 14:01:43 CST 2010

On Tuesday 09 February 2010, William Warren wrote:
> On 2/9/2010 5:17 PM, Howard_Shoobe at wrote:
> > Thank you very much for your comments and feedback regarding exclusive
> > use of Dell drives. It is common practice in enterprise storage solutions
> > to limit drive support to only those drives which have been qualified by
> > the vendor.  In the case of Dell's PERC RAID controllers, we began
> > informing  customers when a non-Dell drive was detected with the
> > introduction of PERC5 RAID controllers in early 2006. With the
> > introduction of the PERC H700/H800 controllers, we began enabling only
> > the use of Dell qualified drives.
> >
> > There are a number of benefits for using Dell qualified drives in
> > particular ensuring a positive experience and protecting our data.
> This is common reasoning given for any vendor that starts practicing
> lock-in.  Dell has just gone down that road.  I'll either not buy Dell
> servers OR order them without your controllers and use some of my own.

If they'll allow you to use non-Dell controllers...


> Over the years proprietary solutions are only cash cows and rarely if
> ever really live up to the claims put forward by the vendor.
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