How Evernote Moved 3 Petabytes of Data to Google Cloud Platform in 70 Days

How Evernote Moved 3 Petabytes of Data to Google Cloud Platform in 70 Days

How Evernote Moved 3 Petabytes of Data to Google Cloud Platform in 70 Days

Evernote, the cross-platform workplace app, has found a new home in Google Cloud Platform. Evernote announced last September that they had decided to move to a public cloud; and, after an intensive period of research and investigation involving several cloud service providers, the company said it had picked Google Cloud Platform as its new home.

Migrations are always a tricky thing, especially when you have a growing and engaged customer base and have more than 3 petabytes of data. Evernote announced earlier this week that, in a short span of 70 days, it moved 3 PB of data into Google Cloud.

A petabyte is equal to 1024 terabytes, so if you had that many 1TB storage devices lined up in a series, that would be 1 petabyte. In more practical terms, it is the equivalent of 58,292 full-length HD movies. Watched end-to-end, it would take you more than 13 years to watch all of that.

How did Evernote move that much data in such a short period of time? Moving data to the cloud isn’t as simple as loading a thousand 1TB hard drives on the back of a truck and shipping it to the cloud service provider’s datacenter premises. Not quite.

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Evernote says that it started off small, by transporting few items at a time, and then accelerated once they were 100% confident.



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