[PC-BSD Testing] Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 14:25:53 PDT 2009


Need lots of inexpensive but reliable storage space (approx. $100 per
terabyte)?  Check out this "open source" engineering:

https://www.backblaze.com/petabytes-on-a-budget-how-to-build-cheap-cloud-storage.html

Touted by ZDNet saying, "Raw disk cost is only 5-10% of an enterprise RAID
system’s cost. The rest goes for corporate jets, sales commissions,
tradeshows, sheetmetal, 2 Intel x86 mobos, obscene profits and some pale and
blinking engineers in a windowless lab who make it work."
http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=603

The only point warranting criticism visible to me is the use of linux for
the OS, but substituting FreeBSD should be no problem, eh?


Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio
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