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The World's Largest Picture is Stored on the World's Toughest External Hard Drive

Posted Aug 9, 2010 @ 15:35 CDT

The World's Largest Picture is Stored on the World's Toughest External Hard Drive

360world entrust their record-breaking panoramic image of Budapest - the world's largest photograph - to an ioSafe external hard drive.

AUBURN, Calif. and Budapest, Hungary, August 9, 2010 -- ioSafe and 360world today announced that the world's largest photograph - a 350 gigabyte, 71.3 billion pixel panoramic image of Budapest - is protected by a fireproof and waterproof ioSafe Solo external hard drive.

The photograph was made using two 25 megapixel Sony A900 cameras, each equipped with a 400mm super-telephoto Minolta lens and 1.4X teleconverter, mounted on a robotic head. During the test phase, more than 20,000 photos were taken and the completed image consists of more than 5,000 individual photos stitched into one. Post-processing was performed using a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation with dual 4-core Xeon processors and 24GB memory. Each chunk of the photo took more than an hour to open and more than 3 hours to save with the final compilation taking 55 hours of computer processor time. A copy of the photo printed at 300 DPI would be 156 meters long and 31 meters tall.

"Creating this record-beating image was a substantial undertaking," said 360world CEO, Zsolt Mihályfi. "All-in-all, the project took more than 100 man-hours to complete and required more than 300 hours of computer processing time. We wanted the best possible protection for the image and for the time we invested in making it. We believe the Solo provides just that." "Protecting data from disasters is a real challenge,' said Robb Moore, CEO of ioSafe. "To back up 350 GB of data online would take more than a month over a T1 connection. Keeping a copy offsite is an option, but there will always be a window between the time data is created and the time it can be moved offsite - and that's a window of vulnerability. This is a problem faced by many businesses, especially smaller ones. The ioSafe Solo is a simple solution to the problem and provides an easy way for both businesses and home users to secure their important data against loss due to fires, floods or other disasters."

The ioSafe Solo is available in capacities between 500 GB and 2 TB with prices starting at $149.99. All ioSafe drives include 12 months Data Recovery Service that can be optionally extended up to 60 months. The Data Recovery Service provides for both hardware replacement and data recovery services, including up to $1,000 towards the cost of third-party specialist forensic recovery services.

About 360world

360world provides panoramic solutions, develops 3D applications to display high-definition web content and offers innovative touchscreen - or even hands-free - control schemes to enrich interactive media presentations. Learn more at

About ioSafe

Like an aircraft black box for data, ioSafe provides rugged, fireproof, waterproof hardware and disaster recovery services as a cost-effective way for corporations and consumers alike to protect their irreplaceable data. ioSafe is a privately held company with headquarters in Auburn, Calif. Learn more

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