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Internet Archive to Open Data Center

Nonprofit The Internet Archive organization ( will announce next week plans to open a new data center to store two petabytes of data for its digital time capsule, the Wayback Machine, according to a report on Computer World.

The digital time capsule stores 85 billion archived web pages dating back to 1996, which is a total of three petabytes of information.

This is a particularly massive amount of data considering that just five years ago, the Wayback Machine had about 30 billion Web pages.

Now that the data has gone live, it is expected to grow by 100TB of data per month.

The Internet Archive has a disaster recovery plan in place, mirroring its database to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt.

The organization is migrating from a traditional data center equipped with standard Linux servers to a Sun Modular Datacenter that operates on Solaris 10 and features ZFS on Sun Fire x4500s servers.

For mobility purposes, the facility is housed in a metal shipping container.

The facility's modular design enabled Sun to build the data center in a tenth of the time it would normally take to construct a traditional bricks-and-mortar data center.

Sun said the Wayback Machine Sun Modular Datacenter can process 500 inquiries a second.

The user interface on the Wayback Machine will remain unchanged, saida spokesperson for the Internet Archive.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that IBM is in talks to purchase Sun for at least $6.5 billion, or double Sun's Tuesday closing price of $4.97.

Located in the Presidio in San Francisco with data centers in Redwood City and Mountain View, California, the Internet Archive organization stores snapshots of web pages, software, movies, books, and audio clips.

Users can browse through various pages on the Wayback Machine by entering in a website or web page's url and then selecting from the different dates that contain stored images.

The Wayback Machine does not currently offer a keyword search.

No responsibility can be taken for the content of external Internet sites.

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