Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Moore's Law for Storage?

BoingBoing has an article on Archive.org's petabyte storage array, a work in progress. 100 terabytes per rack! Makes me feel old to realize that when I left IBM in 1999 we thought we were hot stuff for having a 5 terabyte DFS farm. They thought I was nuts to suggest that we could put 200GB on a single server (the norm was 40GB)!

For those of you who don't know what a petabyte is, it's 1,000 terabytes. If this is still too confusing, see Powers of Ten for an explanation.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get directly to the archive.org site myself yet, because the @#$% filter software where I'm working blocks access. That's a rant for another day.


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