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By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-10-27 Print this article Print

eBays storage engineering team ("Eleven people," Strong said) utilizes 2 petabytes of raw digital space on a daily basis to run the site and store its data, yet has to add about 10 terabytes (or 75 volumes) of new storage every week to cover new transactions, Strong said. That follows alongside the eHarmony story: That highly successful social networking site has to purchase additional storage about every 90 days.
eBay said it uses a traditional grid computing system with the following features to build the site:
  • about 170 Win2000/Win2003 servers
  • about 170 Linux (RHES3) servers
  • three Solaris servers: build and deploy to QA; compile Java & C++; consolidate/optimize/compress XSL, JS and HTML
  • time to build site: was once 10 hours; now only 30 minutes
  • in the last 2.5 years, there have been 2 million builds.
Then, the content is deployed to a system of about 15,000 servers. eBay uses a number of different products in its storage setup, including switches from Brocade, software framework from IBM Tivoli, NAS (network-attached storage) hardware from NetApp (5 percent of the system) and large arrays from Hitachi Data Systems (95 percent of the system), Strong said. It also runs Oracle DB, he said. "Oh, Im sure Im leaving somebody out. Theres probably something from each of the major storage manufacturers somewhere in our system," Strong said. eBay maintains four copies of most of its databases, according to Strong. eBays main data centers are spread out over the continental United States, and it also has co-locations all around the world, he said. Next Page: Becoming an eBay supplier.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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