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Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003

Is it lights out for optical?

Here comes holographic It's an interesting conundrum. The people who measure for SLA compliance are the same people being held accountable for them. Most experts say, however, that the system works if both the user side and the storage side are working towards the common goal of driving down costs. For example, if storage services operate on a chargeback basis, storage managers are probably working towards specific cost cutting goals. It's therefore in their best interest to meet the SLAs, says Mark Friedman, the vice president of storage technology at DataCore in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. "You enforce SLAs best at the level of the cash register," he says. If the need for Blu-ray sometimes seems far fetched, holographic storage has risen to the level of science fiction. Since the 1970s, the notion of holographic storage has been tantalizing: Instead of having a single laser burn bits into a recording layer, two lasers could create a holographic 3-D image of data, which in theory could result in much higher capacity and faster read ...

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