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12 Petabytes of Storage Bought Up By Apple

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 13-04-2011

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AppleIn recent Apple news, it appears that the technological juggernaut is increasing its storage capacity with a recent order of storage equipment from Isilon Systems which tops off at around 12 petabytes.

This news was recently picked up by AppleInsider and comes from a source at Isilon who told another site, StorageNewsletter, that Apple was the buyer and that they were making a purchase to “manage the video download of its customers using iTunes.”

EMC announced that they planned to acquire Isilon five months ago for roughly $2.25 billion which was a 29% premium on the company’s stock price at the time. The company is known for going after large-scale data management projects and also has customers like Sony and Kodak as well as media companies like ABC and XM Satellite Radio.

A lot of you are probably thinking that this is irrefutable proof that Apple is planning on launching a storage locker for user content. But before you get your knickers in a twist, it is worth pointing out that Apple is still in the process of readying their North Carolina data center which, according to Apple, will go online this spring. Apple also has an existing data center facility located in Newark, California which it purchased in 2006 which could very well be due for a hardware upgrade.

According to a report published by Bernstein Research last month in regards to Apple’s new data center, the company spent an estimated $1.7 billion on IT assets during fiscal 2010. This number could increase to as much as $2.6 billion this year in an estimate from the report.

The new facility in North Carolina, estimated to be 500,000 square feet, can hold between 95,000 to 120,000 servers, something the Bernstein Report noted could “easily” cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The report from StorageNewsletter says that the purchase of the 12 petabytes “probably” makes Apple the largest Islion customer to date.

Source: CNET – Report: Apple orders 12 petabytes of storage

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