Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers

Drew Weaver drew.weaver at
Wed Feb 17 07:40:42 CST 2010

They're all but indicating that they don't want server business with their recent acquisitions, they're moving into 'services'.

Kace and Perot? Vs EDS and 3Com?

um, nice try =)


-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jefferson Ogata
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 5:56 PM
To: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers

On 2010-02-16 17:46, Blake Hudson wrote:
> Attached was a pdf explaining the stringent quality
> control standards for Dell's HDDs. No apology, remorse, alternative
> solutions, etc.

That's pretty funny considering the fairly high failure rate of Dell 
drives. If you actually check the SMART statistics you'll see the PERC 
often tries to pretend bad drives are just fine. For example I have a 
Dell-provided Seagate in a PE2950 right now that has logged 100 
uncorrected write errors and 10 uncorrected read errors, and has failed 
a SMART long self-test. The PERC says "2 media errors" and hasn't failed 
it out of the RAID.

Well, I guess this is the year I start diving into HP or IBM gear.

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