OpenStoragePod

Petascale storage for the rest of us!

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We are an open source hardware project that is developing affordable & energy-efficient high-capacity storage servers, built from commodity components. In other words, our mission is “to challenge the server tax” on enterprise storage solutions.

Our current goal is to crack the two-petabyte-per-rack barrier — which means a storage density of 200 terabyte per 4U pod — while consuming as little energy as possible.

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It all started with a bang when Backblaze — an online backup service — open-sourced their custom storage server design in September 2009:

“We had to figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way — and keep our costs low. After looking at several overpriced commercial solutions, we decided to build our own custom Backblaze Storage Pods: 67 terabyte 4U servers for $7,867.” — Tim Nufire, Backblaze

If you have tons of data and want to build your own storage pods, then join our Google group and participate in the evolution of the server design.