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The Next Level Of Storage

May 13 2014, 4:56pm CDT | by

Within the past few months Seagate and Western Digital have announced 6 TB HDDs.  Seagate has hinted that 8 and 10 TB HDDs (and even 20 TB) are not far off and SanDisk announced high performance...

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The Next Level Of Storage

May 13 2014, 4:56pm CDT | by

Within the past few months Seagate and Western Digital have announced 6 TB HDDs.  Seagate has hinted that 8 and 10 TB HDDs (and even 20 TB) are not far off and SanDisk announced high performance enterprise SSDs with 4 TB, with a roadmap to 11 TB or greater.  Sony and Panasonic announced 300 GB write-once Blu-ray optical discs by 2015 with a path to 1 TB in the near future.  In addition, at the recent IEEE Magnetics Society InterMag Conference, Sony announced technology to achieve 185 TB on magnetic tape (currently Oracle has the record for shipping magnetic tape cartridges at 8.5 TB).

Why the large storage device capacities?  It is because the amount of stuff we are creating and storing digitally is exploding.  According to IDC the total digital universe of stored content could reach 40 Zettabytes by 2020 (1 Zetabyte is 1 followed by 21 zeros).  In CQ1 2014 over 200 Exabytes of HDD storatge capacity was shipped (a Zettabyte is 1,000 Exabytes).  My own estimate is that by 2023 a single high end video production could create close to an Exabyte of content.  Digital content is information and the intelligent use of information will drive significant wealth and opportunity for the next few decades.

Storage Scale:

1 Gigabyte = 1 followed by 9 zeros

1 Terabyte = 1 followed by 12 zeros

1 Petabyte = 1 followed by 15 zeros

1 Exabyte = 1 followed by 18 zeros

1 Zettabyte = 1 followed by 21 zeros

1 Yottabyte = 1 followed by 24 zeros

Continued access to this stored content and its intelligent use to achieve human goals is behind the growth of on-line connected IT resources.  This is driving the development of cloud storage and enables the combinations of storage, networking and processing that make data analytics possible—and the mobile applications that drive modern consumer and business practices.

At the same time the use of this vast sea of potentially useful data drives requirements for tiered storage and compute resources that allow the most cost effective access to these ever growing data pools.  This is why demand for storage technologies that span the performance and cost spectrum can provide great value for many user applications.

Building upon the growth of on-line storage requirements, rapid processing of data and its use in mobile applications, IBM has introduced an Elastic Storage offering called IBM Software Defined Storage.   This technology is software that allows tiering of data between various storage technologies from different storage hardware vendors, offering a trade-off of performance vs. storage costs, with the data processing power that fueled the IBM Watson Jeopardy championship.

IBM says that this technology can work with 1,000’s of Yottabytes (1 Yottabyte = 1,000 Zettabytes) of data in a single global namespace in billions of files, stored in distributed data centers located around the world.  The technology is a software offering providing data encryption and thus cryptographic erase.  Due to its use of storage tiering Elastic Storage automatically moves infrequently used data to less expensive low cost tape drives while storing more frequently used data on high-speed flash memory.  The use of flash cache can provide a 6X performance improvement vs. SAS HDDs.

The amount of information that we will store in the coming decades is simply staggering.  Smart intelligent connected devices and ever-higher resolution content from more content capture devices will create Yottabytes of total content over the next few decades.  This content will be critical to human survival and prosperity and digital storage will need to move to a higher level to support these vast and disparate stored content pools.

 
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7 weeks ago

RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan ...
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7 weeks ago

Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was broken into by robbe ...
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7 weeks ago

Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected by the Dewan Rakyat to ...
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7 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishamm ...
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7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the sout ...
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7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM ...
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7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Ministe ...
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8 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year inv ...
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8 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan Bazaar ...
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8 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinr ...
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