Tencent Tech, 8/19/08
Chinese online search firm Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) has confirmed it has been researching new physical storage technology to replace the existing hard drives powering its search technology. The move comes as part of Baidu's plan to overhaul its system to improve search speed. While the company has not confirmed exactly what the changes involve, rumors are circulating on Chinese Internet portal Tencent Tech that Baidu has finished internal testing and will be ready to launch the new technology shortly.
According to experts in the search field, the new technology is likely to be solid-state drive (SSD) storage technology.
Editor's note: Internet portal Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) is reporting that Baidu has confirmed that the new physical storage is using SSD storage, and that mechanical hard drives have been removed from all computer clusters used by Baidu's search engine.