67TB RAID6 storage in 4U server for $7867

An interesting blog entry was published at BackBlaze, where they describe, how they created a custom storage solution for 1/10th the price of similar commercial solutions.

A little excerpt from the specification

  • 45 1500 GB hard drives
  • 9 SATA port multiplier backplanes
  • 4 SATA controller cards
  • 1 Intel mainboard and processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 ATX power supplies

Exploded view of the BackBlaze Storage Pod

The full blog entry can be read at the BackBlaze Blog

Of course, to gather the full picture: this hardware is designed for a backup service and not for e.g. serving databases.

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