I figured someone here would be able to shed some light on the topic. I ahve a CX3-10 with 300 and 600 GB FC drives. The 300 Gb drives go back to 2007 and the 600's are about 1 year old. My question is how long do FC drives typically last and how long should i trust important data to the CX3-10 in general? This is the first FC array I have ever worked with.
I still have an EMC CX300 and CX500 in service, as well as a CX3-20. We get replacement drives/parts for the CX300 and CX500 from a third party. CX3-20 is supported from Dell. The CX500 and CX300 are quite a bit older that the 3-20, and they are still going strong.
The drives last just as long as any other type of drive in a RAID array. Really they are SCSI/SAS drives with a different plug (so they can charge you a lot more $$$ for the same thing.)
I would trust it just fine... as long as you have a couple hotspares, e-mail alerts so you know when a drive goes bad, and some place to get replacement drives from. But I'd say that about any storage array.
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