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UBUNTU 17.10 BRICKS MACHINES

Ubuntu 17.10, aka Artful Aardvark, has been bricking some models of Lenovo and other machines. The problem is some Intel code that messes with the BIOS using some SPI driver. No operating system at any time should be messing with the firmware. Some said their machines were left unbootable and needed to have the motherboard replaced. …

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TOSHIBA 14TB HARD DISK

Toshiba has announced the world’s largest conventional magnetic hard drive. The Toshiba’s MG07ACA enterprise 3½” series comes in at 14TB and features nine disk platters in a helium-filled sealed unit. Toshiba also has a 12TB model with 8 platters. 14TB and 12TB capacity models Innovative 9-disk helium-sealed design for superior storage density Industry Standard 3.5-inch 26.1 mm …

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WDC EXPANDS STORAGE

WDC has announced some new storage products for enterprise users. The Ultrastar He12 now brings their capacity up to 12TB. WDC claims 2.5 million hours MTBF but we are much too cynical. The disk is available with SAS and SATA interfaces. WDC is looking at HAMR to bump capacity to 16TB by 2018. WDC says it …

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NEW SEAGATE HARD DISK DRIVES

Hard disk drives in the 3½: format are still sticking with the standard form factor. The changes in the industry are with 2½” drives like the ones in laptop machines. Historically 2½”: drives were 9.5 mm thick. It was standardized many years ago. SSD drives have been made in thinner 7 mm thick form factors. …

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SERVERS 2016

Almost all data centers have standardized on 42U racks. The EIA (Electronic Industries Alliance) standard server rack is a 19 inch wide rack enclosure with rack mount rails which are 17 3/4″ (450.85 mm) apart and whose height is measured in 1.75″ (44.45 mm) unit increments. A 42U rack would have an internal rack unit …

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