SmugMug photo-sharing site uses ‘super reliable’ Apple Xserve RAID units to store over 300TB of data

Take a peek inside Silicon Valley’s new Equinix data warehouse as CNET News.com’s Neha Tiwari speaks with SmugMug.com CEO Don MacAskill about how online photos are uploaded and shared on the Web. See the facility and learn how to tell when some clicks on a photo.

SmugMug.com uses Apple Xserve RAID units (“super reliable hardware,” MacAskell says) to store all of their users photo data. Each individual Apple Xserve RAID holds 7TB of data; Smugmug.com is currently storing over 300TB of user data on the Apple machines.

The video is 2 minutes and 4 seconds in length and shows Apple products throughout here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Marc” for the heads up.]

[UPDATE: 12:35pm EDT: Removed video sponsorship comment as per “coolfactor.”]

30 Comments

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