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Published: 18 Oct 2012

Meet Fotango, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon Corp., and arguably one of the first users of IBM's SAN File System that's not among traditional high-performance computing environments such as universities and research labs. Fotango is using SAN FS as the back-end file system for the free Canon Internet Gateway (CIG) service, where users can upload, store, share and buy prints of the digital photos they take with their Canon cameras. In the next five years, Canon anticipates one million European users, each allotted up to 100MB of space. That translates to 100TB of active data--if Canon does not increase users' space allotment. When Stuart Fox, the infrastructure consultant on the project, started thinking about how to build this site, he didn't think of a clustered SAN file system. At the time, "we were looking for things that we weren't sure existed." Initial estimates of how much capacity they would need were dramatically lower--30TB or so--which "everyone can handle." But "every week, that number would be increased," Fox says. Today, Fox estimates that ... Access >>>

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