Describe about product life cycle. For example, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, etc.

HPE's SSD firmware flaw this time seems to be crushed by lawsuit (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)

The news that HPE SSD drive (SAS connection) is completely lost data in 3 years and 9 months and data recovery is impossible has been widely highlighted.

Personally, I do not feel like "Is it possible that it will be destroyed by the HPE lawsuit (or it will be acquired by another company through M & A)"


In the worst case, the business situation of HPE is likely to tilt

Due to a firmware defect, two points occur: "SSDs that have been running for a certain period of time suddenly die" and "Suddenly dead SSDs cannot be recovered. Of course, data cannot be retrieved".
Of course, since it is a server, RAID (mostly hardware RAID) will be built,

  • More than one SSD in RAID purchased at the same time is likely to die at the same time

From this point, it is easy to assume that it is unlikely that RAID will prevent data loss.
In other words, as stated or rumored, "Really SSD drive castle data will be totally lost" will be correct.
Also, if you have a storage tier with SSD and HDD, you will lose all data including HDD area.

Since MSA is also a target, there will be really many target systems this time.

Probably U.S. companies (or U.S. individuals) are already preparing for litigation.
It takes time from the occurrence of a defect to the release of the corresponding firmware.
Considering that, it is thought that there have been cases where a considerable number of SSDs have already passed over 3 years and 9 months after the death in the whole world and complete death → total loss of data.

HPE doesn't guarantee if your data was lost.

Naturally, HPE only sells disks and does not guarantee that the data on board will remain.
It is different from cloud vendors such as AWS and Azure.
Data protection and data recovery in case of total loss is the responsibility of the customer who purchased it and is naturally a disclaimer of HPE.
However, I feel like I can not escape this time.

If HPE responds incorrectly (takes arrogant response, does not hold a conference, etc.) and creates a number of enemies in the world, even if it is a disclaimer, liability for total data loss Very likely to be taken out.
At least the cost and effort required to handle many lawsuits will be required.

If you make a mistake, the business situation will be very inclined and you may be in bankruptcy. . . That could be a case like Takata.


It is very likely that other companies will acquire it if you make a mistake

There is an example of Takata in Japan.

It was Takata, who reigned at the forefront of the overwhelming world in airbag design and manufacturing, and had customers from all over the world.
Automobile design must have more than 5 years, design completed-> sales period is about 10 years, so it was required to keep supplying airbags with the same specifications for more than 10-15 years, but this is possible There was only Takata in the world. The barrier to entry was very high, and there were no new entrants.
As a result, due to a wrong response, Takata eventually went bankrupt and is now a U.S. company.
As mentioned above, the barriers to new entry are very high, so the work itself will not go away, but the impact on stock prices is very large, and it seems that it was a very frustrating response as a shareholder.

If you don't respond appropriately to the storm of litigation that's going to happen, it's better to think that HPE could be a bankruptcy or an M & A by another company.

Are all HPE SSDs subject to this bug?

Not everything in the HPE product lineup.
It looks like there are so many in the official URL, but this is just a very large HPE product lineup.

affected hardware platform : HPE Synergy 480 Gen9 Compute Module, HPE Synergy 660 Gen9 Compute Module, HPE 400GB 12G SAS Mixed Use-3 SFF 2.5-in SC 3yr Wty MO0400JFFCF Solid State Drive, HPE 800GB 12G SAS Mixed Use-3 SFF 2.5-in SC 3yr Wty MO0800JFFCH Solid State Drive, HPE 1.6TB 12G SAS Mixed Use-3 SFF 2.5-in SC 3yr Wty MO1600JFFCK Solid State Drive, HPE 3.2TB 12G SAS Mixed Use-3 SFF 2.5-in SC 3yr Wty MO3200JFFCL Solid State Drive, HPE 480GB 12G SAS Read Intensive-3 SFF 2.5-in SC 3yr Wty VO0480JFDGT Solid State Drive, HPE 960GB 12G SAS Read Intensive-3 SFF 2.5-in SC 3yr Wty VO0960JFDGU Solid State Drive, HPE 3.84TB 12G SAS Read Intensive-3 SFF 2.5-in SC 3yr Wty VO3840JFDHA Solid State Drive, HPE Synergy 620 Gen9 Compute Module, HPE Synergy 680 Gen9 Compute Module, HPE ProLiant XL270d Gen9 Server, HPE D6020 Disk Enclosure, HPE StoreVirtual 3000 Storage, HPE ProLiant SL230s Gen8 Server, HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen8 Server Blade, HPE ProLiant BL465c Gen8 Server Blade, HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen8 Server, HPE ProLiant BL420c Gen8 Server Blade, HPE ProLiant DL320e Gen8 Server, HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen8 Graphics Server Blade, HPE ProLiant BL660c Gen8 Server Blade, HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server, HPE D6000 Disk Enclosure, HPE StoreEasy 1000 Storage, HPE D2220sb Storage Blade, HPE ProLiant SL210t Gen8 Server, HPE StoreVirtual 4335 Hybrid Storage, HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen8 Server, HPE D3000 Disk Enclosures, HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blade, HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant XL230a Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant DL388 Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant DL120 Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blade, HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen9 Server, HPE ProLiant BL660c Gen9 Server Blade, HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen9 Server, HPE Apollo 4200 Gen9 Server, HPE Apollo 4500 System, HPE ProLiant XL450 Gen9 Server

It is OK if you think roughly as follows.

  • Affected
    All SSD drives mounted on servers such as Proliant / Appolo
    SSD drive with MSA storage
    SSD drive with Lefthand (StoreVirtual) storage
  • no effect
    Midrange or higher storage such as 3PAR / Nimble / XP / Primera / StoreOnce is not eligible

It is painful that MSA is included in the target.
HPE MSA is an entry-level storage and is a huge hit for HPE.
There will be many cases where Oracle Database SE RAC is configured with two Proliant + MSA, and there are likely to be many cases where the DB was totally lost in the future.

Servers owned by companies are the only targets, personal computers etc. are not affected

Although it did not describe in detail, this SSD is "SSD with SAS interface".
It is completely different from SSD with SATA interface mounted on PC etc. It is not an amount that can be purchased by one person.
One drive will cost 500 to 1 million yen.
It is only for SSD drives of servers that are purchased by companies (pretty big companies). Don't be misunderstood.

When you design new on-premises IT platform you should check supported OS(s) before you begin to install operating system.

This article is about life-cycle policy of MAC OSX.