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It’s the biggest wad of object-based storage that EMC has ever shipped, the company’s EMEA COO said at Structure:Europe on Thursday, but the buyer remains a mystery.

Jason Capitel, COO EMEA, EMC Structure Europe 2013
photo: Anna Gordon/GigaOM

Which social media company just bought a whopping 85 petabytes of object-based storage? That’s the question on our minds after Jason Capitel, EMC’s COO for the EMEA region, referred to the sale onstage at our Structure:Europe conference in London.

A petabyte (PB) is a quadrillion bytes. To give you a sense of the scale we’re talking about here, Facebook’s photo-filled data warehouse, built up over many years, stood at 250PB a few months ago.

“We just shipped to a customer 85PB for social media,” Capitel said on Thursday. “We believe it’s the largest capacity we’ve ever shipped.” Well sure, that’s a big shipment – any more details? “The mobile boom created a [requirement] for massive amounts of space,” he said shortly after. “Often a lot of these things are stored elsewhere (off the device).”

Not quite enough to identify the buyer, so it will have to remain a mystery for now.

Check out the rest of our Structure:Europe 2013 coverage here, and a video embed of the session follows below:


A transcription of the video follows on the next page
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  1. Probably it´s a lie, as every EMC employee like to do empowering own status

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  2. Still working for HP in Brazil, Denoel?

    God you sound bitter…

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  3. Hi Denoel no this is no lie. The shipment reached 1 Customer really. And represents less than 10% off his total capacity the rest is non EMC

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    1. Hey Spark, who is the rest vendor ? AFAIK, that it is DDN WOS 3.0 ?

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