Fujitsu Announces World's Largest Capacity Storage Arrays, 1.3 Petabytes
April 24, 2006 11:00 AM
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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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4/24/2006 1:09:58 PM
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 (!)
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