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2760 drives, 500GB each, one huge storage array

Storage has become monumental these days, especially with various companies broadcasting companies going online and making TV shows and movies available for IP viewing. Such trends in the industry push storage companies to create and invent new ideas and products that not only drive prices down, but give consumers plentiful choices in storage technologies.

Fujitsu recently launched what it claims to be the world's largest storage array, the ETERNUS 8000 and ETERNUS 4000 storage arrays. Weighing in at 1.36 petabytes, or 1.36 million gigabytes, the ETERNUS file storage arrays push the envelope for enterprise data storage systems. Fujitsu uses 2,760 nearline fibre-channel 500GB disk drives in its flagship ETERNUS server (model 2100) and can be configured with up to 256GB of cache.
  • World's largest storage capacity (over 1 petabyte)
  • World's highest storage performance from up to sixteen 3.6GHz dual processors per system
  • RAID6 (double parity) support. Enhanced reliability even if simultaneous HDD failures occur
  • Disk to Disk backup using Nearline FC disk drives
  • Multi-functional backup options with OPC, QuickOPC & SnapOPC
  • Cost-effective disaster recovery solutions using iSCSI
  • Data encryption for online and offline information security
Fujitsu packs in preventative maintenance features such as tape backup, data encryption, and data automation features into the ETERNUS arrays just in case disaster should strike. Performance wise, Fujitsu says that its servers can be equipped with up to 32 dual-core processors, giving the arrays unmatched throughput. Fujitsu hopes to ship 14,000 units over the next two years.

While Fujitsu claims the largest array available, EMC Corporation launched the first petabyte server that was commercially available back in January of this year.

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RE: Cost?
By theubergeek on 4/24/2006 12:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if you figure $250 for each of the 2760 drives, you'll be spending $690,000 for drives alone, then add the cost of the other stuff, you'll be pushing better than a million.

RE: Cost?
By segagenesis on 4/24/2006 1:09:58 PM , Rating: 2
The interesting note here is this is still cheaper than the original of them all!

The 350 Disk File consisted of a stack of fifty 24" discs that can be seen to the left of the operator in the above picture. The capacity of the entire disk file was 5 million 7-bit characters, which works out to about 4.4 MB in modern parlance. This is about the same capacity as the first personal computer hard drives that appeared in the early 1980's, but was an enormous capacity for 1956. IBM leased the 350 Disk File for a $35,000 annual fee.

I believe the 350 RAMAC was close to one million in 1956 dollars to buy outright (!)

RE: Cost?
By Phynaz on 4/24/2006 1:17:36 PM , Rating: 2
Those drives are probably 5 times that much.

RE: Cost?
By DarthPierce on 4/24/2006 1:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
500Gig FibreChannel drives are nowhere near $250 more like $2000 a pop..... so you're looking at ~$6,000,000 for drives alone.... I'd say it's probably over 10 mil for a fully decked out one. (processors, power supplies, tapes, cache, etc)

RE: Cost?
By OrSin on 4/27/2006 9:41:19 AM , Rating: 1
Your an idiot Fiber channel is not a type of drive if means of connecting the array tot ht oether boxs and external data.

The driver are SATA. NOw i'm sure the mark up for the drive make them cost about 500-600 but $2000 is just stupid. Fiber channel drive is like discribing a plan by where it lands. They have nothing to do with each other.

RE: Cost?
By Wwhat on 5/1/2006 10:35:23 AM , Rating: 2
On top of it all you need an expensive cooling system and how many PSU's does it all take? I think just counting up the cost of harddrives will get you less than 30% of the cost, and for maintenance and power and cooling you can expect a hefty monthly bill too.

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