IBM Building 120 Petabyte Storage Device

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 26 August 2011 15:07

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To some people, a terabyte HD seems incredibly large. Some people laugh at terabyte HDs. Well, could you imagine a storage device with 120,000 terabytes? It sounds crazy, but IBM has been contracted to build this. They can do so with 200,000 linked HDs in a specially-built array. Just to keep track of all of the file names and other metadata for the files in the drive will take about 2 petabytes (about the size of the entire internet). There's no word on who contracted them to build this or what it will be used for, but the technology in the future could be used for cloud-based servers who have to deal with lots (and I mean lots) of data. Bruce Hillsburg, who is the director of storage research at IBM and leader of the project, said, "This 120 petabyte system is on the lunatic fringe now, but in a few years it may be that all cloud computing systems are like it." You can read more about the drive here.