Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Developers warn users SAS SSD about the need to urgently install a critical firmware update. Otherwise, drives may fail after 32,768 hours of operation (3 years, 270 days, and 8 hours).
The problem affects all HPE SAS SSDs with firmware versions prior to HPD8. The developers claim that timely updating of the firmware to the HPD8 version completely eliminates the threat of premature drive failure. The company also emphasizes that if the device has already worked for 32,768 hours, and the failure has already occurred, it will be impossible to restore the SSD itself and the data from it.
Interestingly, at the beginning of this year, a similar problem was discovered in Intel's SSDs (D3-S4510 and D3-S4610), those blocked after 1700 hours standby time.
According to HPE, some SSD models prone to this problem are sold as separate products, but others are included in other company solutions, including ProLiant, Synergy, Apollo, JBOD D3xxx, D6xxx, D8xxx, MSA, StoreVirtual 4335 and StoreVirtual 3200. A complete list of vulnerable models can be found at company website.
Some SAS SSD models have already received patches released on November 22, 2019, but a number of models will receive patches only after December 9, 2019. Meanwhile, some users on Reddit complain that their drives are already out of order.