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Vol. 4 No. 11 January 2006

Capacity, throughput demands grow unabated

Forget 50% annual capacity growth. Shops with unstructured data regularly report data doubling every couple of months, fueling a run on high-capacity storage systems. But it isn't just about capacity. In many cases, the throughput of the system needs to scale as much as the data does. At Movielink LLC, a joint venture among five major Hollywood studios that offers downloadable movies, it's quite possible storage capacity will double--maybe even triple--in the next six months, says Bruce Anderson, VP of Web engineering and operations at the Santa Monica, CA-based firm. An Isilon Systems' IQ customer with two clusters totaling 9TB, Movielink is simultaneously bracing itself for new content deals that will expand the number of titles in its catalog, additional file formats, higher density encoding bit rates and, hopefully, a surge of post-holiday customers. Movielink's scalability requirements have been satisfied by Isilon's OneFS clustered file system, which allows you to easily add capacity. "Adding another node is just a ...

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