Saturday, October 15, 2005

Big Databases

InformationWeek last month had a column mentioning who/what companies that have the biggest database in their servers. The following is the top ten commercial databases with the gigantic size:

  1. Yahoo, 100.4 TB. Platform: Unix
  2. AT&T Lab, 93.9 TB. Platform: Unix
  3. KT IT-Group, 49.4 TB. Platform: Unix
  4. AT & T Lab, 26.7 TB. Platform: Unix
  5. LGR-Cingular, 25.2 TB, Platform: Unix
  6., 24.8 TB, Platform: Linux
  7. Anonymous, 19.7 TB. Platform: Unix
  8. Unisys, 19.5 TB. Platform: Windows
  9., 18.6 TB. Platform: Linux
  10. Nielsen Media, 17.7 TB. Platform: Unix
It is not wondering to see Yahoo is in the top list, because they provide 2 GB/user. If there is 20 million users in US itself, it is 2 GB * 20 million = 40,000,000 GB = 40,000 TB. So I still don't understand why it says only 100 TB.
Or, may be it is has less than 20 million users in US? Likely.

With current commodity hard disks available in the market, a 400 GB HD can be bought at around $300 (I just checked, it actually costs less than that), so with 3 drives we could get 1.2 TB storage space with cost only $900. To get 120 TB, it costs only $90,000.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Free Wi-Fi Access

Google has started beta testing of its free Wi-Fi service in a few San Francisco locations. I don't know how the access to users look like, but the big concern for us is how secure it is to people, especially when people access sensitive data (e.g. e-commerce, etc.)

Anyway, this is a good news and I would admit to say that Google is one of cool companies to work for. Kudos to Google for its initiative!