Backblaze’s server failure report details best practices for building your own

How often do servers really fail? If Backblaze’s 61,523 operational hard drives are any indication, not often. On average, Backblaze reports its drives have a fail rate of 1.84 percent in Q1 2016. That’s 266 failures with over 5 million days in operation. Cumulatively, Backblaze drives have over one billion hours of operation to date. Its most used drive was a 4TB Seagate, while the 2 and 3TB HGST have a slightly better lifespan. Western Digital drives failed the most, while Seagate and...

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