Alibaba Cloud says it has robot sysadmins that swap faulty disks in four minutes

Found on The Register on Sunday, 15 November 2020
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Revealed was the fact the Chinese cloud super-platform has robots capable of finding and replacing faulty disks in four minutes.

At the 25-second mark of the video you’ll see a Seagate Constellation ES.3 disk drive, a 3.5-inch unit [PDF] that packs both SAS and SATA interfaces and rotates at a modest 7200 RPM.

If they are using Seagate drives, they sure need robots to swap the failing drives fast enough.