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October 23, 2007

All Hail Google

Who recently jacked GMail's limit up to more than 4 Gigs, knocking me back down to a mere 36% full. Looks like our friendship will continue.

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Wouldn't "Which recently" be (at least) more readable than "Who recently"? Who seems like a question, rather than an explanation.

But, point taken. Storage online is going out of control. Yesterday I say mention of a video storage facility online that claims to have multiple Petabytes available - a Petabyte being a thousand times bigger than a Terrabyte, that is, one quadrillion bytes (or 2 to the 50th power bytes).

What do you have to put on your VISA card to get a petabyte?

Forget about that puny terabyte RAID system you just set up. If you want to be on the cutting edge in storage, you need to start thinking in petabytes. And if you're ready for that level of storage, there's now someplace to get it: EMC has launched its first petabyte array, a version of the company's flagship Symmetrix DMX-3 system that includes nine room-filling cabinets of drives. The Symmetrix DMX-3 system is built around 500GB drives; the petabyte version includes a whopping 2,400 of them and goes for about $4 million.

Any one know what the next step is called after Peta, without looking it up, as I just did? [spoiler below]

[spoiler: exabyte] - But apparently nothing defined beyond that, yet.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Oct 23, 2007 3:39:06 PM

So, when does Intel come out with their 1.0 exahertz processor?

Posted by: PapaJijo | Oct 23, 2007 4:04:59 PM

Jim, you've missed hearing about zettabytes and yottabytes?

Posted by: KCinDC | Oct 23, 2007 4:23:08 PM

This is a response to yahoo giving unlimited space. I doubt gmail will go unlimited, but they will jack it up some more gigs until the difference between their insane amount and infinity is not relevant to most of us.

Posted by: DIS | Oct 23, 2007 7:44:20 PM

Maybe if you answered your mail you would have more space?

Posted by: Chris | Oct 23, 2007 10:06:56 PM

All your mail is belong to us. :)

Posted by: weboy | Oct 24, 2007 10:25:06 AM

One thing you should never, ever do is assume that nothing can happen to that 1.4 GB of mail. Keep your own copies. Sure, if something happens to your copy Google will be a form of off-site backup. But stuff happens -- there are all sorts of ways that you could lose access to those messages. For example, if your account and password got phished or sniffed, you could lose access through no fault of Google's.

Posted by: idlemind | Oct 24, 2007 1:02:12 PM

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