Citing a new reports by StorageNewsletter.com, Apple has placed a order for about 12 petabytes of storage from Isilon Systems. According to an inside source, the company will use this storage to support iTunes video downloaded by its customers. This order will make Apple the largest Isilon’s customer.
Apple ordered as much as 12PB of capacity from Isilon Systems, notably to manage the video download of its customers using iTunes, according to an inside source of the new division of EMC. It’s probably the largest of its 1,500 customers recorded at the end of December, including 20% in Europe
Already several journalists have been briefed under embargo on the new releases and we will publish a deep analysis on the subject next week.
A petabyte of data is a huge amount of data; it’s 1024 terabytes. If you tried to store a petabyte of data on dual-layer Blu-ray discs (50 GB each), it would take almost 21,000 discs to fit it all… and Apple just bought 12 of those. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with all of that storage? Maybe with the new MobileMe and a more cloud-based “locker” that stores media.