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Do-It-Yourself: Backblaze Offers 135TB of Storage for Under $8k D

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Building on the company's successful 67TB storage pod, the company introduced the second generation version: a 135TB 4U server for $7,348, which doubles the storage and still costs less than the original. While the Storage Pod 2.0 uses mostly off-the-shelf parts, the one item that's not is the custom red case; it features six fans and nine backplanes.

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They seem to be taking the same approach as Google-- consumer level hardware as much as possible to save money, and they deal with the higher failure rate by designing the entire storage system to deal with failure at a higher level (aka take entire pods out of service).

I'm tempted to try 5K3000's myself but their BER is only 1*10^14 rated, and while we know most harddisks are an order of magnitude more reliable than they are rated... yeah for my home storage that kinda worries me (in addition to other issues). :P

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