ZFS could hold entire world’s data

1.8 zettabytes – no problem

We can relax. The digital data explosion issue is sorted. IDC analysts can wean themselves off Prozac.

IDC has forecast that the world’s digital data will total 1.8 zettabytes (1,800 exabytes) in 2011, a 10-fold increase over five years.

This is more data than the world’s drive arrays can hold, let alone address.

Problem sorted: Sun’s ZFS – Zettabyte File System – can hold 256 quadrillion zettabytes. Not only can this data be stored in a file system, it is a global namespace.

We could even de-dupe it and cut it back to 90 exabytes. There, you feel better already.

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