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Cleversafe Storage System Holds 10 Exabytes

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Storage provider Cleversafe has moved beyond petabytes to the next level: exabytes

Object-based storage provider Cleversafe launched a new multi-rack array system on 30 January that can hold billions of objects inside up to 10 exabytes of capacity.

One exabyte is 1,000 petabytes, which is 1,000,000 terabytes, or 1,000,000,000 gigabytes, or 1,000,000,000,000 megabytes.

High-end

Enterprises are now routinely storing workloads comprised of terabytes of data, which eventually add up to petabytes of storage. All those packs of petabytes also pile up as time goes on, so what’s the next level of storage needed? Right: exabytes.

Realistically, only the true high-end enterprise systems – such as those deployed by scientific researchers, online game providers, digital video studios, stock markets, government and military installations and high-end financial services companies – are using petabyte-type storage now and will be looking at exabyte-able storage in 2012 or 2013.

But Chicago-based Cleversafe is one storage provider that figures no time is better than the present for planning for the future.

In its new 10-exabyte configuration, Cleversafe uses the same object-based dispersed storage system it developed on its own six years ago; only now it has been expanded to allow for independent scaling of storage capacity through what it calls a “portable data centre”, a collection of storage and network racks that can be easily deployed or moved.

Each portable data centre contains 21 racks with 189 storage nodes per PD and forty-five 3TB drives per storage node. This geographically distributed model allows for rapid scale and mobility and is optimised for site failure tolerance and high availability, Cleversafe said.

The company’s own configuration includes 16 sites across the US with 35 PDs per site and hundreds of simultaneous readers/writers to deliver instantaneous access to billions of objects.

Traffic growth

“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 analyse 80 exabytes of data per month by 2015,” said Russ Kennedy, Cleversafe vice president of product strategy, marketing and customer solutions.

“To any company, data is a priceless component. However, it’s only valuable if a company can effectively look across that data over time for trends or to analyse behavior and to do it cost effectively.”

Pricing and other information can be obtained on an individual basis via email or on the Cleversafe website.