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07-01-12, 07:10 PM
Tomorrow at noon Pacific time, Kodak's online Kodak Gallery will go dark. A total of 68 million US and Canadian customers will have their combined collection of 5 billion photos transferred to Shutterfly's site. The shift comes after Kodak filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in January of this year, later selling its Gallery to Shutterfly for $23.8 million.

The Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-shutterfly-kodak-gallery-20120630,0,7862077.story?page=2) spoke to Shutterfly about how the company will handle the transfer, which will increase the number of photos it stores for customers by 50 percent (adding 5 billion photos to the 10 billion photos Shutterfly's customers took 13 years to amass). Although the two companies' data centers are just about a mile apart from each other, the transfer of "multiple petabytes" of data took a team of 25 more than a month to plan.

Shutterfly has already begun moving the data, but the process will take months to complete. In the meantime, users won't have access to their formerly-Kodak moments. The company says users who've ordered products from Kodak recently or who have more active accounts will regain their (http://www.shutterfly.com/kodaknews/#) photos sooner.

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