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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

Definition: Short stroking

Short stroking: The practice of formatting a disk drive such that data is written only to the outer sectors of the disk's platters. In I/O-intensive environments, this increases performance, as it reduces the time spent by the drive actuator seeking sectors on a platter. However, short stroking also wastes a substantial portion of the disk drive's capacity.

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Features in this issue

  • Data classification: Getting started

    by  Karl Langdon and John Merryman

    Classifying data and knowing how its value changes over time will improve service levels, create a better working relationship with business units and reduce costs. (This tip is part of our Storage 101 tip series.)

  • How DBAs view storage

    Storage magazine's exclusive poll gives you the lowdown on how DBAs and storage pros view storage. We detail each group's areas of concern, spotlight their differences and find some common ground.

  • Clustering comes to NAS

    by  Alex Barrett

    Fed up with monolithic NAS boxes that don't scale? Clustering provides a way out of the management headache that's being perpetuated by some industry players.

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