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EMC Scores ‘20 Petabyte Deal with Facebook

by Dinesh Beniwal on May 22, 2012

EMC has won a major deal with Facebook, in which the storage vendor’s kit is helping the social networking vendor leverage 20 petabytes of data
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EMC Scores ‘20 Petabyte Deal with Facebook

EMC has won a major deal with Facebook, in which the storage vendor's kit is helping the social networking vendor leverage 20 petabytes of data.Talking at EMC World, the source said Facebook was taking advantage of EMC scale-out architecture, which could mean Mark Zuckerberg's firm is using the storage giant's notable scale-out kit, Isilon, rather than its famous scale up boxes like VMAX.

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The deal would be particularly significant, as it would suggest Facebook itself is not yet ready to rely on its Open Compute architecture, a low-energy design which EMC has dismissed as not sufficiently reliable to displace EMC's proprietary systems.   “There are only 10 companies on the planet who could build their own cloud-based infrastructure at scale from the ground up, but they [Facebook] are building out best of breed tech to augment the IT infrastructure,” the source said. “EMC has put in tens of petabytes in at Facebook to help them get their business to where they want it to be.”

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