25/02/2010

144 petabytes in your pocket, or are you just please to see me?

The new standard for Compact Flash cards (version 5) will support 144 petabytes - that's a lot of information assuming that the average Joe Blogs has 1TB of data, you can keep all the data of 144,000 of your closest friends.

To put in context 144 PB is 144 x 1024 x 1TB.

The current SDXC specification for CF cards only supports a measly 2TB, though the cost of that amount of Flash memory may be slightly expensive (256GB SSDs go for around £500 - so 1TB would be about £4,000 and 1PB £4m).

Maybe by the time 144PB cards are available they'll be some form of optical/holographic storage that is workable,
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