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Kim Dotcom Flaunts New Mega Servers: 720 TB Per Rack

Scheduled for a launch on January 19, 2013, Dotcom pictured "one of many [server] racks with many servers" and stated that one rack will be able to store 720 TB of data. He did not say how many racks Mega will get, but hinted that "one rack per day" will be installed.

If Dotcom's estimate that Mega will attract 20 PB of data per month is accurate, and Mega, in fact, has only covered the startup cost of the service, then it would be  reasonable to assume that Mega will be launching with at least 15 racks to start.

Nearly a year ago Dotcom's home was raided in January 2012. Back then, Dotcom lost access to 1,103 servers with 25 PB of data. While there is no decision yet whether he will be  extradited to the U.S. - a court just delayed the decision at least until September 6, 2013 - Dotcom is not shy about flaunting his comeback to the Internet arena with a service that is promised to encrypt data directly in the web browser, and enable users to upload multiple files in parallel.

The current website of the future service still states that Dotcom is looking for hosting partners, API partners, as well as investors.

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  • abbadon_34
    That rack is bigger than his!
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  • memadmax
    I don't get why they go after places that host just the torrents of the files or act as data dumps...
    They need to go after the pirating rings that regularly release the pirated software/movies...

    There are rings of these guys that even compete with each other on who can release whatever the fastest/before the other...
    And these guys seem to be a pretty stable group, they run under the same name for years, and yet, never get shutdown...

    Going after freakshows like this dotcom character does nothing. Another data dump pops up in his place...
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  • markus-san
    Sounds like storage on a budget!

    A rack of Supermicro storage servers is cool, but with all his excess, why aren't we looking at a bunch of netapp shelves, or EMC, or Compellant for that matter?

    Looks like he's scrimping and scraping.
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  • g-unit1111
    Please tell me I'm not the only one frightened when Kim Dotcom says that he has a computer that sounds like it could take on Godzilla. :pt1cable:
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  • @markus-san
    Probably the reason why Backblaze doesn't use netapps. They can utilize cheap mass storage with software to cover for redundancy.
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  • scook9
    markus-sanSounds like storage on a budget!A rack of Supermicro storage servers is cool, but with all his excess, why aren't we looking at a bunch of netapp shelves, or EMC, or Compellant for that matter?Looks like he's scrimping and scraping.They do not offer higher storage density, just different data storage designs and RAID designs with technology to manage all the storage. A rack of EMC or NetApp would actually have less storage than straight servers like his since it would have redundancy built in for the data protection (not to say that Mega will lack redundancy). If you have the talent, you can make these things (servers) your self - that is what Facebook and Google do.
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  • spentshells
    Good, I have never pirated

    Per rack people have a look at just that picture
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  • Jerky_san
    I agree with m223767 and scook9.. I used to build storage systems for my old company.. Its much cheaper to buy tons of supermicro 48 drive rack mountable chassis and slap a hard drives in there.. The big boys charge an arm and leg for replacement drives.. Just use a ZFS system like open solaris and have a party.. You can scale massively large and have amazingly high redundancy while doing it.. Hell the netapp at my new job drops a disk about every month so whats the difference..
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  • A Bad Day
    I wonder what would be the performance if the entire thing was in RAID0 (and the reliability as well).
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  • jonjonjon
    memadmaxI don't get why they go after places that host just the torrents of the files or act as data dumps...They need to go after the pirating rings that regularly release the pirated software/movies...There are rings of these guys that even compete with each other on who can release whatever the fastest/before the other...And these guys seem to be a pretty stable group, they run under the same name for years, and yet, never get shutdown...Going after freakshows like this dotcom character does nothing. Another data dump pops up in his place...i believe he was paying people to host copyrighted material. if you uploaded something and got X amount of downloads he would pay you. guess what gets the most downloads? you guessed it. movies and other copyrighted stuff. so he was basically encouraging people to host copyrighted material and then paying them. that's why they raided him.
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