Feeds

Kim Dotcom flashes his rack

Rack can even be yours if you send money and servers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Kim Dotcom has shown off his rack – in IT parlance, not with reference to his ample frame – by posting the picture below which he says depicts a node of mega.co.nz.

A subsequent tweet reads “720 Terabyte per rack. One rack per day. EMM EEH GEE AYY”

Just where the rack is and what it contains is not clear. Nor is how Dotcom will pay for the new Mega.

Dotcom’s famously flamboyant lifestyle bespeaks considerable wealth, inasmuch as he lives in a colossal mansion, races cars, records albums and reportedly has beds worth over $100,000. His legal bills wouldn’t be small, either.

What to make, then, of his recent statement that “We have raised sufficient funds to cover the launch, but we would like to provide Mega free of charge for as long as possible. If you would like to be part of the success story, please get in touch.” Send us money so we can make a service free is solid startup logic, but it is a little hard to see the usual Silicon Valley VC drum-bangers getting too excited about working with this particular dotcom.

Kim is also asking for help from data centre operators. As Dotcom explains in a document titled “How the new Mega will work” in the past “we operated only a handful of storage nodes located in expensive premium data centers.”

This time around, Dotcom plans to “connect a large number of hosting partners around the world without worrying about privacy breaches.”

Those partners, Dotcom says, “Need to be able to provide us with” the following:

“Servers
The more, the better.
Remote hands
Drive replacements should be handled within 24 hours.
Internet Connectivity
All routes, but we can accommodate optimization requests with regards to which ASes you like/dislike.”

Servers should have “At least 20 TB of disk space, quality RAID controller, at least 4 GB of RAM, at least 1 Gbps uplink (2 Gbps preferred), Linux” but should not be in the USA.

“Make us an offer,” the page says, “We prefer unmetered fixed monthly payments. If you're interested, the deal can include ad space.”

Dotcom has also let it be known he’s going to launch mega.co.nz t9o the press on January 20th at the Dotcom Mansion. Vulture South's correspondents have therefore started making noises about a big month for expenses claims. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype
Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.