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  •  It's hard to get pricing on these huge drives (6+ / 0-)

    The best I could do is find a 20 terabyte RAID for just under $2,000. That's cheap.

    Here's a take on what $50,000 will do for you data storage wise.

    I'm not sure data storage prices are going up.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

    by JDWolverton on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 04:25:17 PM PDT

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    •  Great Diary. You missed one thing... (4+ / 0-)
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      You started out mentioning how big the new facility in Utah is - and then kind of forgot about it; concentrating instead on how small the requirements are for storing that much data.

      So why is it so big?

      Databases.

      [And yeah - I had a twenty-year sub-career as a large network designer and administrator...]

      The information is no good at all, unless it can be accessed and used.  Databases.

      Every single piece of information - by which I mean each individual phone call (speech-to-text translated where appropriate), every tweet, every email, every subject line to every email, etc. - is replicated tens of thousands of times across tens of thousands of individual databases.

      If you send out five hundred tweets in a year, they are probably cataloged in over a million individual databases.  That's why they need the space, and the huge computing power.

      And if our director of national intelligence, James Claptrap, tells Congress that's not what they're doing, he's as big a liar as the last time...

      It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

      by Jaime Frontero on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 02:56:06 AM PDT

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      •  That's a good point. It doesn't need to be that (4+ / 0-)
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        big for the data items I discuss here. I'm glad you noticed that and mention it. The file replication would inflate the data storage needed.

        If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

        by JDWolverton on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 06:33:46 AM PDT

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