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Storage I/O and the Laws of Physics

Nov 01, 2010, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Newman)

"This is an update of one of my first articles for Enterprise Storage Forum from way back in 2002. The article was well received, so I figured it was time to see what has changed – if anything – in our industry over the last 8 years. What I found is that things have only gotten worse when it comes to managing storage. Simple physics defines the limitations under which you have to work. The movement of data from applications to hardware devices is limited by physical constraints within the computer and its storage hardware.

"First, let's compare the fastest computers and the fastest storage disk storage devices from 1976, 2002, and today, to get a better understanding of the changes we've seen over the last 26 years."

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