brightsolid, a division of D.C. Thompson, is the company that produces Friends Reunited, Genes Reunited, findmypast.co.uk, findmypast.com.au, findmypast.ie, 1911census.co.uk, 1901censusonline.com, ancestorsonboard.com, ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, the (online) British Newspaper Archive, and censusrecords.com. The company also has several other Internet businesses not related to genealogy, including cloud hosting. The brightsolid data center in Dundee, Scotland serves about 20 million users. As you might guess, the company has a very large data center with about a hunded racks of servers and has recently added even more capacity. Now a YouTube video provides a peek into all the hardware that users never see, even though they use it often.
The 7-minute video actually is an advertisement for IBM, a major provider of the hardware for brightsolid. However, the same video also provides an insight into the massive computing power that we all enjoy these days from our genealogy information providers.
You can watch the video at http://youtu.be/BpJQ54tKMXw or click on the image below:
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