How to store a petabyte?

Steve smorrey at gmail.com
Tue Feb 20 19:42:58 MST 2007


The large hadron collider generates, processes and stores a petabyte
of data on a pretty regular basis.
You should maybe look into what their using.

On 2/20/07, Dave Smith <dave at thesmithfam.org> wrote:
> Ryan Byrd wrote:
> > Let's say I need to store a petabyte of data. I need fast access
> > (tape/DVDs
> > aren't fast enough) and redundancy like RAID.
> >
> > How should I do it?
>
> Ask the Mozy dudes. They might already have that much data, and if not,
> they'll probably be there pretty soon.
>
> Failing that, you could also buy 2,000 500GB IDE drives in USB
> enclosures. ;) How many USB drives can you attach to a single system anyway?
>
> Third option: Wait 10 years, and buy a single disk with 1PB. You may
> spend that long getting the system operational anyway. :)
>
> By the way, this guy seems to think it'll happen in 3 years (don't
> believe him):
>     http://www.mercola.com/2003/feb/22/petabyte.htm
>
> Fifth option: Buy this from EMC:
>
> http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/30/emc-rolls-out-4-million-petabyte-array/
>
> Sixth option: Buy this girl's optical media:
>     http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-petabyte.htm
>
> Interesting trivia: It is estimated that the world produces about 1
> petabyte of data in the form of email every day.
>
> Last trivia: the Mozilla Thunderbird spell checker doesn't know what a
> petabyte is, but that's okay because it also doesn't know the word
> Mozilla or Thunderbird.
>
> --Dave
>
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