Petabyte …. what the heck are we going to store in that?

Maybe Apple can use this for icloud!

A Petabyte is the latest size hard disc for servers created by Intel. 1 petabyte (PB) = 1048576 gigabytes (GB). This is great news for your server room as it will greatly reduce the size of the box for business servers . The servers are being called a “Ruler” form factor because of their long skinny shape. If you had a server with the traditional 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives with the same amount of storage as the Petabyte one, you’d need a server with 100 bays filled with 10 TB drives … not exactly a small machine.  So you can store more information, why do we need to? Most companies don’t want to delete any of their data, they look to their catalogue of information as potentially valuable for the future. So as companies continue to grow and store more and more info, inevitably we’ll need greater density storage mediums. One small caveat-there is no delivery date for the first commercial petabyte drive yet!

What was funny in reviewing multiple articles on the web for this blog were the number of items that could be kept on a Petabyte drive. The articles also put into perspective how much company data could be stored on one of these drive. One reference stated that a Petabyte could store over 4oo0 photos per day for the rest of your life. Think of the fun your descendants will have reviewing that archive!