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August 9, 2013  6:45 PM

What’s the Storage Capacity of an NSA Data Center?



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
backblaze, big data, data center, federal government, government, malware, netapp, seagate, station wagons

You know how people periodically like to figure out the bandwidth of a station wagon loaded with storage media? Now we have a new one: How much storage will the

June 7, 2013  5:06 PM

A Look at the NSA Recordings as a Big Data Storage Problem



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
big data, data center, data storage, federal government, flash, flash drives

Legality and ethics aside -- which is something for the law and politics blogs to talk about -- the interesting part about the alleged NSA tracking issue are the logistical issues involved. How much data is there? How did the NSA manage it? Where did they put it? “The NSA is storing all those...


May 8, 2013  10:42 PM

EMC’s ‘The Lazy Song’ Makes Way for ‘When I Was Your Man’



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
big data, emc, ibm, tucci, vmware

It's ironic that EMC's EMC World party is featuring Bruno Mars, whose most recent hit, "


December 27, 2012  7:04 PM

IBM Acquires StoredIQ, But What is It?



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
big data, e-discovery, ediscovery, ibm

IBM announced earlier this month that it was acquiring StoredIQ, but exactly what the company does isn't quite obvious. Part big data, part e-discovery, it's sort of neither fish nor fowl. As an example, analyst firm IDC included the Austin, Texas-based StoredIQ in its


November 15, 2012  8:10 PM

Exabyte, Zettabyte, Yottabyte…Then What? Opinions Vary



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
big data, data storage, intel, seagate

When I first started this blog almost two years ago, I called it "yottabytes" because that was the term commonly accepted for the biggest size of storage (1000^8, or a 10 followed by 24 zeroes, compared with, say, 1000^4 for a terabyte). But as people are actually starting to refer to petabytes...


October 18, 2012  10:00 AM

New Looks at Backing Up Oracle



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
backup, backups, big data, cloud storage

All of a sudden, backing up Oracle databases is big news, with Wikibon and Amazon Web Services each releasing new insights about how to do it. What makes this a big deal? As Wikibon mentions, nearly 30% of...


May 28, 2012  11:21 PM

Where’s the White House Going to Put All That Data?



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
big data, cloud computing, digital government, federal government, meritalk, obama

While the White House released its digital government plan last week, it appears to have left out one major factor: just where the heck all that data is going to be stored, especially when storage already appears to be an issue for federal agencies, according to a recent survey. The


August 31, 2011  2:46 PM

IBM’s 120-Petabyte Hard Drive Causes Flurry of Analogies



Posted by: Sharon Fisher
big data, ibm

The best part about IBM's experimental 120-petabyte hard drive is reading all the ways that writers try to explain how big it is.

  • 2.4 million Blu-ray disks
  • 24 million HD movies
  • 24 billion MP3s
  • 1 trillion files
  • Eight times as largest as the...


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