Enterprises are now routinely storing workloads comprised of terabytes of data, which eventually add up to petabytes of storage. Next stop? Exabytes.
We're going to be hearing
the preface "exa-" as it refers to the data storage industry a lot
more as time goes on, so we might as well get used to it.
A current illustration of
this point is object-based storage provider Cleversafe, which launched a new
multi-rack array system Jan. 30 that can hold billions of objects inside up to
10 exabytes of capacity.
That's a serious amount of
space. While some people describe it as limitless, it isn't-but it's pretty
For those who would like to
see the actual numbers that describe just 1 exabyte, here they are: 1 exabyte =
1,000 petabytes = 1,000,000 terabytes = 1,000,000,000 gigabytes =
1,000,000,000,000 megabytes = 1,000,000,000,000,000 kilobytes =
Terabyte Loads Now Routine
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
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 datacenter," a collection of storage and network racks that
can be easily deployed or moved.
Each portable datacenter
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 optimized for site failure tolerance and high availability,
The company's own
configuration includes 16 sites across the U.S. with 35 PDs per site and
hundreds of simultaneous readers/writers to deliver instantaneous access to
billions of objects.
Traffic Volumes Increasing at 32 Percent Rate Per Year
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 analyze 80 exabytes of data per month by 2015," said Russ
Kennedy, Cleversafe vice president of product strategy, marketing and customer
"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 analyze 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