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:

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  1. Probably it´s a lie, as every EMC employee like to do empowering own status

  2. Still working for HP in Brazil, Denoel?

    God you sound bitter…

  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

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

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