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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Experts Estimate Spy Data Centre Capacity

Experts Estimate Spy Data Centre Capacity

Experts Estimate Spy Data Centre Capacity

Added: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
After it was revealed that American spooks are spying on the online activities of people around the world, a new government database in Utah is now in the centre of attention.

The database is supposed to be a place to house and process information gathered from phone and Internet service provider, satellites and fiber-optic cables. The centre is expected to open in September and hold “yottabytes” of information or five “zettabytes” according to different sources. Anyway, it is more data than human brains are able to comprehend.

However, Forbes has started to work out that the actual storage capacity of the new database is comparatively low. After factoring out all the administration buildings, power sources and back-up generators, there is room for 100,000 square feet of servers – though impressive, still not enough for a yottabyte of data.

According to Brewster Kahle, the engineering genius behind the Internet Archive, a space of that size is estimated to hold 10,000 racks of about a $1 billion worth of servers. If each rack can store 1.2 petabytes of data, and annual voice recordings of all the US phone calls take up 272 petabytes, it will make it just over 200 of those 10,000 racks. As such, database can hold up to 12 exabytes.

In the meantime, Internet infrastructure expert Paul Vixie claims that those calculations are a little on the high side, because if larger 13 square feet racks are used, with a lower amount of data storage per rack, it will make it less than 3 exabytes of data capacity for the database. This will allow to store 24-hour recordings of all Philadelphia’s residents per year.

The US authorities justify their effort by saying that they are only collecting metadata. However, the experts point out that this data is able to tell a lot about people and all of their social connections and habits, including who they talk to and where they go. Of course, it is unlikely that the government stores every communication, but it still can help the state decide who, when and where to target before zooming in on them via other back doors.

As the numbers are speculation, to put it into perspective, the new database would still hold plenty of information. For example, Google uses multiple data centers for a single exabyte of data.

July 30th,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site Friend (2013-07-30 18:49:04)
oldskoolplaya avatarYou lost me at Yottabytes Lol,I'm Confused What is the information gap between a Techbyte and Yottabyte...

posted by (2013-07-30 20:26:41)
BlackFalcon avatarI actually cannot believe that we are even entertaining our government and allowing them to do this. Are you serious, we're having a discussion about how much a Yottabytes is and how much the government can actually store of Our PRIVATE data, and we are becoming hardened to the idea that this is a horrible and serious tragedy to the American way of Life. I am becoming sick to my stomach of my very own country. We (Citizens) need to Take Back Our Country.

posted by (2013-07-31 03:12:25)
Lumi75 avatarYottabytes are the same as lotofbytes i think

posted by Turtle (2013-07-31 07:13:08)
No avatarThose figures are BS. They aren't using commercial hardware. They're using the NSA's tech. That's the entire point of the facility. Their storage capacity is going to be far more dense than anything we currently have available tot the public. They probably have terrabyte microSD card sized storage. So imagine 100K sq./ft. of storage filled with drives that dense or more.

This is going to dwarf their current spying activity by orders of magnitude. Once the AI is in place we'll be a short leap away from "Skynet".

Imagine the tech we (publicly)have, then double it in two years...then again after another two...and so on. Imagine what we'll have in 30 years. Now imagine the NSA already has it and is using it against us. Welcome to the Prison Planet.

posted by (2013-07-31 12:44:26)
edddy avatarThe worst part is that the U.S taxpayers are paying for this.

posted by (2013-08-01 19:14:58)
No avatarIf I emailed them dya think they'd be able to tell me what my facebook password is?

posted by Blocked (2013-08-01 21:12:27)
No avatarsad thing is lets say spammer search how to make a bomd sent spamm mail to 150 ppl those 150 ppl will be treathe like the search bomb 2.

posted by (2013-08-01 21:39:40)
No avatarThat's the great thing about it,- AI is still Ai-, aka stupid robot.
We should all start sending chain-mails containing keyword-soaked stories. How fast could we all fill up them terrorbytes with BS?

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