HPE SAS SSD users need to install a critical firmware patch or they'll lose their SSDs, including their data.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) warned customers last week to install a critical firmware patch to prevent SAS SSDs (Serial-Attached SCSI solid-state drives) from permanently failing after 32,768 hours of operation -- which is 3 years, 270 days, and 8 hours. "After the SSD failure occurs, neither the SSD nor the data can be recovered," HPE said, clearly suggesting that device owners need to install the firmware patch if they want to keep using their devices past the 32,768-hour deadline.
Users who keep data backups on different drives will be able to recover their data, but the HPE SSD will be unrecoverable, according to HPE. Impacted SAS SSD models are listed in the table at the bottom of this article.