On 24 Sep 2004, at 18:11, FRLinux wrote:
> Is there such thing out there available on the market ?
Yes - your former boss now works for an organisation using such a
thing. 200TB is now achievable with fewer than 1000 disks. However,
when you're dealing with that many commodity disks, you have to have a
system which can easily handle the inevitable hardware failures without
degrading and one which can handle the large volumes of data. This
means data replication a la RAID, and so of course your disk count goes
The three storey brains at google came up with the google file system
(based of course on earlier work such as the global file system) and
there's an interesting white paper available about it.
Bottom line is that it can be done but DIAS is going to need a big
boost to its budget. And I don't know if there is a solution available
on the market - you can be sure google won't sell you one.
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