Originally Posted by Gigaron
I'm interested in knowing how to handle the file storage of a youtube clone?
Is it just a matter of getting more servers with a few hdds or are there specialized companies that one can upload files over a distributed file streaming network?
The reason I ask is because I have thousands of gigabytes of videos and it appears to be impossible to upload it on 1 dedicated server or even a few.
NAS/SAN is probably your best solution. There are companies that would specialize in this type of setup but generally you would have a NAS that is fed by 2/3/4 webservers, with a load balancer in front of them proxying requests.
Many other logistics will come in to play, such as the # of files per directory, etc.