Wikipedia Taps Open Storage
By Aaron Newcomb on Nov 24, 2008
When you run a website that gets 7 billion views a month you need an infrastructure that is both scalable and manageable. And when you want to add rich media capabilities (uploading pictures, music, videos) to that infrastructure those two factors become even more important. That is why Wikimedia (the company that is behind Wikipedia) is running their site on Sun hardware and software.
Last week it was announced that Wikimedia would be using X4150 servers and X4500 storage servers to increase it's rich media capabilities. To learn more about running 48TB in 4 rack units click here. According to this article, Wikimedia is planning on implementing online video and photo editing soon. As you can imagine this requires vast amounts of storage. By selecting the X4500 as a storage platform Wikimedia is getting a lot of storage in a small space that is easy to manage at a $/GB ratio that is hard to beat anywhere else in the industry. On top of all this it fit's very neatly into their infrastructure so implementation will be simplified.
Also, to learn more about how Wikimedia runs it's web infrastructure using LAMP visit this great blog post.