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IBM to build the biggest data drive ever

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
Aug 29, 2011
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  1. IBM is in the process of building the largest data repository ever constructed, with a combined storage capacity of 120 petabytes. The facility is being developed at the company’s Almaden,…

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,313   +258

    now thats what I call a ultimate machine for p0rn
  3. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 833   +411

    Imagine how fast of a network you would need to be able to handle that much data. A few high end routers and switches aren't going to cut it for this massive storage center. I would think that you would need a really good stock of raid cards for this array, and an even larger supply of hdds.
  4. Wow, Replacing failing drives is going to be a full time position. I wonder if they are hiring.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Someone wanted to have the entire internet available in offline mode.
  6. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,313   +258

    haha always handy incase alien attack us! :p or what not...

    This isn't impressive IBM, go and do that with SSD's, once you get 120Petabytes worth of SSD's then come back and show off.... damned

    Jokes :p
  7. How someone can do a backup of this ???
  8. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 127   +8

    No need though.

    All the data itself is replicated though out the system. So basically it's self sustaining.
  9. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    This comment made me happy.
  10. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    The maintenance bill for this beast would be gigantic, must be a government sponsored project

    I thought that as well :)
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    + 2

    Especially if atrix's reasoning is taken into account ;)
  12. aspleme

    aspleme TS Enthusiast Posts: 56

    Close... 1024*1024*120 = 125,829,120 Gigabytes... although I would be curious to find out if that is before or after formatting... or if their storage space considers the fact that drives tend to be sold reporting size based on 1000 bytes to a kilobyte, etc, not the 1024 actually measured, thus selling a drive with a higher number of gigabytes than it actually has.
    If the drive sizes are actually based on 1024 for each step, we have
    135,107,988,821,114,880 bytes
    120,000,000,000,000,000 bytes
    if we say 120 petabytes on the 1000 base for each step.
    On this scale, that is
    15,107,988,821,114,880 bytes missing from the reported size.
    or about 13.42 petabytes... missing.
  13. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    OK professor, anywhich way you do the math, its still a bucket load, plus "the system should not lose any data for a million years" now thats impressive. I'd be interested see how they came up with that figure
  14. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    Why would it last a million years, when I'm almost certain that in no more than a 100 years, someone will invent a new drive that stores more data, faster, in a safer way, an so on...
  15. How many songs will it hold?

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