A customer yesterday asked, “Do you have any idea how big iCloud is?” I thought it was an interesting question and poked around.
Two months ago it was reported that Apple ordered 12 petabytes of storage rumored to be used for its new North Carolina data center.
Certainly Apple already has significant storage for their existing iTunes and MobileMe data and the North Carolina data center has room for much more than 12 petabytes, but is this the storage that Apple expected to need to support the iCloud offering initially? Apple would not confirm, of course, but it does seem plausible now with iCloud announced and Steve Jobs talking about Apple’s massive new datacenter:
Image source: Data Center Knowledge
At Backblaze we hit 10 petabytes of customer cloud storage by the end of 2010 and now we just crossed 15 petabytes!
It’s becoming challenging to take a good photo, but here is what 15 petabytes of Backblaze Storage Pods looks like:
So does Backblaze have more cloud storage than Apple for iCloud? Perhaps.