Opinion: real-world disk failure rates offer surprises
At this year's USENIX File Systems and Storage Technology Conference in San Jose, we were treated to two papers studying failure rates in disk populations numbering over 100,000. These kinds of data sets are hard to get -- first you have to have 100,000 disks, then you have to record failure-related data faithfully for years on end, and then you have to release the data in a form that doesn't get anyone sued.
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