Backblaze recently concluded that its use of consumer-grade hard drives makes economic sense. The online backup company has now gone a step further, determining that enterprise-grade drives aren't even more reliable -- at least in its circumstances.
Enterprise drives are designed to work amid the vibrations common in fan-cooled machines bolted to metal racks and are tested to work for many, many hours. But in a study published Wednesday, Backblaze decided they don't actually offer better reliability than their consumer-grade counterparts.
"Are enterprise drives worth the cost? From a pure reliability perspective, the data we have says … Read more