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Cleversafe Announces 10 Exabyte Storage System Configuration

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Cleversafe, a cloud storage software vendor which offers its customers "limitless storage space", says that it has designed a dispersed storage system that exceeds a storage capability of 10 Exabytes (EB), or 1,000 Petabytes (PB).

The system is based on Cleversafe's Portable Datacenter (PD), which integrates 21 storage and network racks that include 189 storage nodes of 45 x 3 TB drives to offer a total storage capacity of 25,515 TB. The current configuration also includes 35 PDs per site (893,025 TB) and 16 sites total (14,288,400 TB with more than 4.7 million drives total). In total, Cleversafe offers about 13.6 EB of storage.

What could you do with so much storage? The best application scenario today may be data mining. Large scale data mining. “Internet traffic volumes are increasing at a rate of 32 percent globally each year. It’s not unrealistic to think companies looking to mine that data would need to effectively analyze 80 EBs of data per month by 2015,” said Russ Kennedy vice president of Product Strategy, Marketing and Customer Solutions for Cleversafe. Kennedy noted that the company's storage solution is a "foundational enabler to Big Data analytics.” The object-based storage could especially be useful in large-data applicatiosn leveraged by governments and defense agencies.

However, Cleversafe noted that the creation of the Exabyte storage model was a result of Federal government and a telecommunications provider inquiring what it would take to achieve a 10 Exabyte storage system. Kennedy noted that, because of these inquiries, the company knows that there is "definitely interest" in such a product.

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    Anonymous , January 28, 2012 4:15 PM
    I found the reason for the hard drive shortage.
  • 21 Hide
    yorgos , January 28, 2012 3:57 PM
    Quote:
    What could you do with so much storage?

    back up the Internet? just sayin'...
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    Anonymous , January 28, 2012 4:34 PM
    10 Exabytes (EB), or 1,000 Petabytes (PB).

    :facepalm:
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    A Bad Day , January 28, 2012 3:11 PM
    Now how much processing power would it take to analyze that much data? I also wonder what's the power consumption, and the cost of the construction/maintenance of the system.

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    dhruvdd , January 28, 2012 3:12 PM
    Was that necessary?
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    shloader , January 28, 2012 3:28 PM
    ^^^ No kidding. Hey we just demonstrated proof-of-concept for a system that aids federal government surveillance with the potential to profit from it is a near certainty. I wonder how many cloud options out there are just as ready to assist the feds but aren't so blatant about it. In other news damage control in Thailand is still underway.
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    yorgos , January 28, 2012 3:57 PM
    Quote:
    What could you do with so much storage?

    back up the Internet? just sayin'...
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    serendipiti , January 28, 2012 4:02 PM
    greghomeHow much would all those Hard Drive weigh?


    Surely less than Abrahams tank... and supporting all the *paranoid* comments on government control, more effective...

    OK, both drive density and bus / network speed increase make it possible for that amounts of info, and this is quite a recent achievement, but remember that just going the huge way "a lo grande" is not a problem for the government...
  • 23 Hide
    Anonymous , January 28, 2012 4:15 PM
    I found the reason for the hard drive shortage.
  • 19 Hide
    Anonymous , January 28, 2012 4:34 PM
    10 Exabytes (EB), or 1,000 Petabytes (PB).

    :facepalm:
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    JamesSneed , January 28, 2012 4:42 PM
    Pretty crazy to think back in 1996 the Internet was estimated to be just under 2TB in total size and the largest storage farm in the world was about 75TB. Now we have a single storage solution that is 14,288,400 TB.
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    sigma3d , January 28, 2012 4:53 PM
    all eggs in one basket. hmm...
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    __-_-_-__ , January 28, 2012 5:03 PM
    greghomeHow much would all those Hard Drive weigh?

    probably using Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB SAS HDD's so, 690gr each.

    But I don't get the numbers.
    "21 storage and network racks that include 189 storage nodes of 45 x 3 TB drives to offer a total storage capacity of 25,515 TB. The current configuration also includes 35 PDs per site (893,025 TB) and 16 sites total (14,288,400 TB with more than 4.7 million drives total). In total, Cleversafe offers about 13.6 EB of storage."
    so: 21racks X 189 nodes X 45 drives X 16 sites = 2857680 HDD's X 3TB = 8,573,040 TB ?

    anyway 13.6 EB = 14 260 633.6TB that's 4753548,2 3TB drives X 690gr = 3279948258grams = 3 279 948.26kg = 3 615.5 tons


    COST?
    370$ per drive. ofc if you buy thousands price per unite will be much much lower. But then you have to had the infrastructure cost and such which costs even more. But let's calc per drive.
    $370 X 2857680 HDD's = $1,057,341,600

    running costs
    720hours per month
    average power consumption per drive 8.25W
    Electricity per KWH USA average $0.125

    2857680 HDD's X 8.25W X 720h X $0.125 per KWH = $2,121,828 per month


    comparative with SSD's:
    a 3TB drive has an average power consumption of 8.25W. That's 3TB. for example a 300gb (highest capacity intel 710 enterprise SSD) has an average of 2.2W. so 3TB in SSD's would actually spend more watts then HDD's. 22W vs 8.25W.


    When SSD's hit a capacity/performance per watt much better then HDD's they will be massively adopted by datacenters. Demand for SSD's will be insane. More fabs have to be built, much more offer, much more nand memory, prices will sink.
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    dragonsqrrl , January 28, 2012 5:06 PM
    Melchior10 Exabytes (EB), or 1,000 Petabytes (PB).

    Yes, it's kinda sad no one else caught that. It's even worse that the author didn't catch it, but somehow it doesn't surprise me. 1 EB = 1000 PB.
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    ParrLeyne , January 28, 2012 5:28 PM
    serendipitiSurely less than Abrahams tank...

    Try again!
    An Abrams tank weights 68 tons (62 metric tons).

    There are 45 HDD per nodes, 189 nodes per PD, there are 35 PDs per site and 16 sites. So, that works out to 4,762,800 HDDs (45 x 189 x 35 x 16).

    As Sigma3 quoted above the weight of single Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB SAS HDD is 690gr.

    So, the HDDs would weight 3,286,332 KGs (7,245,121 Pounds) or 3,286 Metric Tons (3,622 US Tons).

    That means that the HDDs would weight the equivalent of 53 Abrams tanks!!!

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    ParrLeyne , January 28, 2012 5:37 PM
    __-_-_-__...But I don't get the numbers."21 storage and network racks that include 189 storage nodes of 45 x 3 TB drives to offer a total storage capacity of 25,515 TB. The current configuration also includes 35 PDs per site (893,025 TB) and 16 sites total (14,288,400 TB with more than 4.7 million drives total). In total, Cleversafe offers about 13.6 EB of storage."so: 21racks X 189 nodes X 45 drives X 16 sites = 2857680 HDD's X 3TB = 8,573,040 TB ?...


    The correct math is:

    45 HDD per nodes x 189 nodes per PD x 35 PDs per site x 16 sites.

    So, that works out to 4,762,800 HDDs (45 x 189 x 35 x 16) x 3TB per HDD = 14,288,400 TB

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    __-_-_-__ , January 28, 2012 5:41 PM
    yorgosback up the Internet? just sayin'...

    echelon
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    madooo12 , January 28, 2012 5:52 PM
    dragonsqrrlYes, it's kinda sad no one else caught that. It's even worse that the author didn't catch it, but somehow it doesn't surprise me. 1 EB = 1000 PB.

    i did too catch it
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    ojas , January 28, 2012 6:04 PM
    __-_-_-__comparative with SSD's:a 3TB drive has an average power consumption of 8.25W. That's 3TB. for example a 300gb (highest capacity intel 710 enterprise SSD) has an average of 2.2W. so 3TB in SSD's would actually spend more watts then HDD's.

    No no no... See, you're considering a set of 300GB SSDs. They'll obviously have a higer power consumption, just like 2 500GB drives consume more power than a single TB drive.

    SATA based SSDs usually wont have a max power of more than 5w (considering there are many i haven't seen, i'm estimating 5w).

    So something like that chiron 4TB SSD wouldn't consume any more power than a HDD.
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    razor512 , January 28, 2012 6:10 PM
    could use the storage to make a world record for having 13EB of porn
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    mikewong , January 28, 2012 6:45 PM
    Umm... My internet too slow to need that much storage. At 512 kbps, I wonder how many generations it would take to fill that much storage.
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    ParrLeyne , January 28, 2012 7:00 PM
    mikewongUmm... My internet too slow to need that much storage. At 512 kbps, I wonder how many generations it would take to fill that much storage.

    Let's do the math...

    10 EB = 10,000 PB = 10,000,000 TB = 10,000,000,000 GB = 10,000,000,000,000 MB

    512Kb/s = 64KB/s @ 86,400 sec/day = 5,529.6 MB/day @ 365.25 day/year = 2,019,686.4 MB/year

    10 EB (10,000,000,000,000 MB) / 512Kb/s (2,019,686.4 MB/year) = 4,951,263.7 years!
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    freggo , January 28, 2012 7:43 PM
    dhruvddWas that necessary?


    I bet your PC has 640KB memory :D 
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