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A new video from internet search giant Google shows off the tape libraries where all the "important stuff" is looked after in its new Lenoir data centre. And it looks like the tape it has chosen is the very same stuff it used to restore lost emails during The Great Gmail Out(r)age of 2011. The Chocolate Factory has released …


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  1. JetSetJim

    That's a whole lotta porn storage.

    although I'm surprised no "Libraries of Congress" metric was used anywhere

  2. NoneSuch Silver badge


    ...and the encryption key for the archives are kept on a £1 USB key.

  3. ratfox


    All… these… blinking… LEDs… SHINY!!1! ♡

    < Need a heart icon

    EDIT: By the way, the "new video" was apparently posted 3 months ago.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    A few things: The Oracle of the StreamLine 8500 is by no means an off-the-shelf item.

    The accent of the woman doing the voiceover for the video made me want to pour fire into my ears.

    It's much, much easier to make a custom computer than it is a custom tape library, for a start their custom computers are mainly bits in a custom box and there aren't really any custom robot arms or shelfing for a tape library, it's all bespoke.

    1. Lars Silver badge

      Re: Hmm...

      Yes, a tape library is a mechanical monster.

    2. frank ly

      Re: Hmm...

      "...there aren't really any custom robot arms or shelfing for a tape library, it's all bespoke."

      You mean nobody has made a 'jukebox' type system for tape libraries? I'm surprised because it sounds as if it should be an established technique. How hard can it be?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Hmm...

        Sorry, typing while on the phone, so wasn't as clear as I meant to be... What I meant to say is that no manufacturers produce a suitable robot arm or shelfing suitable to be built into a custom tape library. You could get a generic robot arm, suitable for a CNC cell and a bunch of generic folded metal shelves, but it's really not worth it, it's not like the robot arm would be as suitable for the task as a generic motherboard is suitable for the task of building a custom server. Then there are problems like the end effector design, which have been solved many times over by IBM, Oracle, ADIC et al.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Lego of course!

        That is all.

  5. Jim 59

    Hey Google

    Just pay your tax

  6. Stuart Halliday

    That's a lot of tape cleaners!

    I imagine that cute fridge magnets are not welcome either?

  7. fletch1027

    Also, a second before the screenshot, they show one of the SL8500's from the side view and you can see the StorageTek logo...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    That's one hell of a porn stash.....

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The purple bit at the top of the racks is the old Sun/StorageTek bezel that was fitted to these things bought during the pre-oracle era.

    Definetely an SL8500 - can tell by the wee clip of the robots as well - had many a fight with the blighters when they're having an off day.

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