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Cleversafe Announces 10 Exabyte Storage System Configuration

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.

  • A Bad Day
    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
    Was that necessary?
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  • shloader
    ^^^ 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
    What could you do with so much storage?
    back up the Internet? just sayin'...
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  • serendipiti
    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...
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  • I found the reason for the hard drive shortage.
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  • 10 Exabytes (EB), or 1,000 Petabytes (PB).

    :facepalm:
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  • JamesSneed
    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
    all eggs in one basket. hmm...
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  • __-_-_-__
    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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