The 100TB Project

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and today, we’ve got the ultimate Storinator Linus, what are you getting ourselves into? – This is gonna be over 100 terabytes. – Ken got a little upset with our previous workflow, so Linus jumped in. I actually wanna see, is it, like, how big is the Storinator? I didn’t even see it. – You know what, this one is actually not that big. This is their all-new AV15. – So, you actually have a bigger version of this for your petabyte project, right? – Yes. So, petabyte project is using two of the 60-drive units. – Oh, two of them. So, can I get your face on this? – You could. – So, right now we use a NAS, which is much more, kind of a basic, backup kinda thing. But with this, with 100 terabytes of storage, and we actually have a little bit more, but I think we’ll slowly upgrade over time, we actually can store all of our videos, all of our raw footage, even stuff like RED footage, which is, of course, enormous.

Ooh! Dude, that is clean! – We’re actually gonna be running unRAID, so that’s why I prepared this USB drive, so the whole OS– – Excellent. – actually boots off of a USB. – Oh, it runs fully. Oh, okay. – [Linus] Fully off of a USB, and that’s it. – Clean. – That’s your OS drive, and then we’re actually gonna grab a couple one terabyte SSDs to use as a cache. – So, essentially, in addition to having all of our standard 10 terabyte hard drives, which is stupid, on its own, we’ll also have some SSD cache, essentially if we’re dumping, like, a ton of footage on it really quickly.

Dude, this is really cool. I feel like we do a lot of videos on, sort of, interesting stuff, but this is way more in your realm. Ooh! So, these are 10 terabyte hard drives, and we have 15 of them? These are pretty new drives, right? – Yeah, so these are the IronWolf Pro. They’ve got a 5-year warranty. They’re rated for, like, 300 terabytes a year of– – On each drive.

– of access per drive, so you guys aren’t even gonna touch that. If one of them did fail, what’s cool is you can pack this off, – Yeah. – And Seagate can do their restoration magic, we hope, I mean, it’s not always possible. – Of course, you never know. Yeah. – And then, even if you lost, like, catastrophic failure, multiple drives failed, unRAID doesn’t stripe the data across multiple disks. – It saves it in files. – It saves it in files to disks. – Seagate hooked us up with all of this, by the way. How much do you think all these drives would have cost, by themselves? ’cause these are what? 400 or 500 bucks each? – This is about six grand worth of drives! – Thank you, Seagate. You guys are great! It’s, like, completely tool-less, we just drop it straight in? – [Linus] Well, there’s one tool. – Okay. Eh! (laughing) I see what you did there! – But, other than that, no, there are no tools. You guys were kind of thinking, you go, what, like 100 terabytes to start, – Yeah. – and then you just kinda expand as you go? – Because, I think, like you were saying before we even did this, it doesn’t make sense to have all these drives powered up and sitting in here forever, if we’re not gonna come close, because right now, we’re running off of 12 terabytes, and that’s more than what we need.

– Right. – But, what we’re doing right now, is we’re deleting all of our raw footage, so when we finish up a video, essentially, we will save the main video, as well as, we’ll save a master file, but we’ll delete all of the raw stuff. And that is 150 terabytes. Actually a little bit more, ’cause we’re gonna have some SSD cache, but we won’t count that. – 150 terabytes of raw storage. – [Austin] Ah! You know, this actually is a pretty reasonable size.

It’s about the same size as a normal computer chassis, really. The cabling, I think, is what really jumps out to me. It, like, you think of it like, we were trying to put, even say five or six drives in a normal computer chassis, it’s gonna be a disaster of cables everywhere and everything– – It becomes a nightmare. – [Austin] This is nice and clean. So, this is our current setup. – Yeah. – That is … Just set it down, man, that’s so heavy. Now, it is kind of close to where we film, but it’s got the Noctua fans, I hope it’s gonna be pretty quiet. – Only one way to find out.

– Storinator, in three … Yeah, I’m not even gonna count it. (fans starting up) – So, all you gotta do is plug it in, and then you navigate to Tower, but we’re gonna change that, so we’ll make the server whatever you wanna call it. – Okay. So, we’re activated, we’re good to go? – We’re activated, we’re good to go, this is it. So, here’s info. You can see right now, we’re connected at gigabit, ’cause we haven’t put the 10 gig switch in. – All right. – Server identification. – Oh, we need a name for it. – What’s it called?! – Well, we can’t call it the Storinator, that’s like, that’s too easy. It’s a big thing. We’re gonna be staring at this name for the next five years of our life. – The Duncanator! – No! How dare y– – Oh, I love it! – No, no, no, no, no! – 33303. – Did you do it?! – Yeah, I did it! – Oh god. – It’s the Duncanator33303, now. – So, the cool things about this, is that, even though, obviously we can connect via, not only a gigabit, but also 10 gigabit ethernet, I think we’re gonna do that later on, this also works over wifi.

– Yeah. – So, if I’m sitting on the couch over here, I can go download a file, upload something, whatever. – Yep. – So, wifi’s gonna be plenty fast enough to do something simple, like an archive, or, you know, just pull a file off, but if we want the full speed, especially if we’re editing off of it, what we can do is, we can use this Thunderbolt 2 adapter to 10 gigabit ethernet, and then run it through a switch and get pretty solid speeds. I mean, this is really quick. – I mean, you could ingest huge chunks of footage way, way faster. So, this is the whole idea of, not just having it be big, but also safe. So, while you’re copying that, I can just … – Oh. Oh, don’t do it, don’t do it! – (grunting) It’s tight. Oh my God, that’s tight, (Austin laughing) my fingers are sweaty.

There it goes. Okay, don’t move it around a whole ton, – Yeah, – ’cause it’s spinning. – I feel it spinning. – [Linus] But, uh … – [Austin] We’re still copying! – So, basically, all you have to do, if a drive fails, which we’ve simulated here, is pop a new one in, set the array to rebuild, and it rebuilds the data. – It doesn’t even skip a beat. Like, it doesn’t say, like, pause, it doesn’t slow down, it’s just still copying, no problem at all. There we go.

1terabytes free. (laughs) Dude! Thanks for coming out, man, this is– – Oh, my pleasure! – This is a lot of fun. This is so cool. Anyway, hopefully you guys enjoyed. Definitely be sure to let me know what you think about 150 terabyte server in the comments below. Also, this guy is kind of all right. You can check out his channel, and I, or we, or someone, will catch you in the next one.

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