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Old 06-07-2013, 11:58 PM
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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The internet has been abuzz about the new facility being built in Bluffdale, Utah.

It will be a Data storage center for The NSA.

It has been reported that the facility will be able to 'accumalate' (and store) 5 Zettabytes of information.

I had no idea of what or how much information was in a Zettabyte so .. I went looking!

This is some of what I found:

As of 2009, the entire World Wide Web was estimated to contain close to 500 exabytes. This is one half zettabyte.

A Zettabyte is roughly equal to 250 billion DVDs or 36 million years of HD video

1 million times the contents of the world’s largest library or 1 billion terabytes.
(That's another story)

A better idea of the Zettabyte: On Google’s how search works feature, the company boasts how their index is well over 100,000,000 gigabytes. That’s 100,000 terabytes!

So figure that there are 1,073,741,824 (that's over one billion) terabytes in a Zeattabyte and .. Well, Even Google has a lot of catching up to do!

According to The Guardian, the term had to be created due to the fact that the total amount of digital content in the world grew by 62 percent last year to a total of 800,000 Petabytes, or 0.8 ZBs.

As one description I read described it, it is enough information to fill 75 billion iPads … not that there are even that many iPads in the world!

That many ipads stacked one upon another would reach beyond the moon!



I've been talking about this Data Mining/Storage center .. now take a look at it here: Pictures of the NSA's Utah Data Center - Business Insider

Take a gander at those A/C units!
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:48 AM
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Zettabytes were brought up a few months ago here:

Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Unix-like filesystems
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