When a hard disk drive (HDD) fails in a large disk array it must be sanitized prior to return to the vendor for warranty credit. If it isn’t returned it may result in a bill of hundreds of dollars or more. With hundreds, or even thousands of drives failing in large data centers it doesn’t take a math major to understand the economic consequences. Enter the Hitachi Flash Module Drive (FMD) and multiply that cost by orders of magnitude!
A healthcare system with more than 100 locations and 50,000 employees must use technology at the very cutting edge to maintain the high quality of service their communities have come to expect.
Such storage, while justified in the context of the work it does, can come at a higher cost than conventional hard disk drives. But, like hard disk drives (HDDs), these devices do fail from time to time, creating the requirement to properly disposition them for vendor return and replacement.
That’s where Revert, Inc. comes in. We manage the sanitization of tens of thousands of storage devices per year for clients all over the globe. FMDs are no exception.
They are, however, a very different type of storage device and require specialized capabilities developed in conjunction with Hitachi Vantara in a vendor-certified service provided only by Revert.
When a HDD fails in a large disk array it must be sanitized prior to return to the vendor for warranty credit. If it isn’t returned it may result in a bill of $500 or more. With hundreds, or even thousands of drives failing in large data centers, it doesn’t take a math major to understand the economic consequences.
Enter the FMD and multiply that $500 by orders of magnitude! These are powerful and essential storage devices, but they don’t come cheap. Therefore, it is incumbent upon forward thinking organizations to incorporate the cost of failing devices in their overall total cost of ownership calculation.
For this particular healthcare system, Revert provides its exclusive FMD eradication service on failed FMDs, potentially saving them (in case you chose not to do the math problem above) a whopping $15,000 per FMD.
In most cases, our eradication Services require just a few days and can sanitize dozens of FMDs for safe return. Another math problem: for this particular client we successfully eradicated 21 of 22 FMDs in one visit. How much did they save?
And, yes, sometimes we encounter some kind of hard failure and the device has to be physically destroyed.
These days any conscientious organization simply will not allow storage devices to leave their premises unless they are inarguably wiped clean, degaussed (only possible with magnetic media) or shredded into tiny pieces (solid state devices.) The cost of inattention to this business imperative is simply too grave to contemplate.
For this particular client there is no such fear. More important, they have figured out a way to achieve their unwavering compliance standards without breaking their budget.