"I am frequently asked by potential customers with high I/O
requirements if they can use Linux instead of AIX or Solaris.
"No one ever asks me about high-performance I/O--high IOPS or
high streaming I/O--on Windows or NTFS because it isn't possible.
Windows and the NTFS file system, which hasn't changed much since
it was released almost 10 years ago, can't scale given its current
structure. The NTFS file system layout, allocation methodology and
structure do not allow it to efficiently support multi-terabyte
file systems, much less file systems in the petabyte range, and
that's no surprise since it's not Microsoft's target market..."