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Forbes:Google's Mail Plans Call For Serious Storag

<<We don't even flinch at the thought of 10 million or even 100 million users>>

First time i heard of something called petabyte or exabyte.

<<What happens if GMail turns out to be so popular that a full billion people want to sign up? Beyond the petabyte is the exabyte>>

Friday, June 4, 2004

These guys sell an "Exabyte Tape Backup Systems"
but it only is actually 33Gb. To quote the Simpsons, that sounds like the greatest case of misleading advertising since the movie "The Neverending Story".

Matthew Lock
Friday, June 4, 2004

Google have a petabyte file system. See

John Topley (
Friday, June 4, 2004

"First time i heard of something called petabyte or exabyte."

there is a very nice presentation by Jim Grey on the evolution of datavolumes called "The Personal Petabyte, the Enterprise Zetabyte" in which you will learn also about Zetta- and Yottabytes.

Warning: link below is not direct since it is a  4.16 Mb Powerpoint file

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, June 4, 2004

--"but it only is actually 33Gb."---

33GB - pedantry has its place.

Stephen Jones
Friday, June 4, 2004

I see you're back from the Mental Health Instituion.

Matthew Lock
Friday, June 4, 2004

Keep in mind that they give you 1GB of *uncompressed storage space*, whereas they will likely be storing your email in a compressed format.  Email compresses *very* well (especially with all the replies containing nearly the same exact text).

Richard P
Friday, June 4, 2004

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