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Evolution of storage technology ending one-size-fits-all approach
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of May 2017, Vol. 16, No. 3
It seems like storage is all over the place these days, in every sense of each of those words. It only took the world at large a couple of decades to realize the critical role storage plays in everything. And now, that newfound appreciation has generated a lot more interest in data storage and infrastructure in general, which has -- in turn -- helped launch a raft of new ideas and approaches to storage technology. Today, the evolution of storage technology has created more alternative architectures for storing data than ever. Sci-fi storage on the horizon Even the medium on which data is stored is in play now, mirroring the kind of research and product development activity that proliferated in the early days of tape and HDDs. And it's not just the flash vs. hard drive battle that has become a prominent refrain in the vendor-hype soundtrack that gets played and replayed in data centers. It's an even more granular rethinking of how data should be stored, like the well-publicized tests where data has been stored on DNA. That's ...
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