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Speed up cloud storage with WAN acceleration technology ... or Tachyons
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of July 2013 Vol. 12 No. 5
But if you don't have any of those hypothetical particles that move faster than light, there might be another way to implement WAN acceleration technology in your environment. Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought to a technically nontrivial hurdle that cloud storage and WAN-based data replication aficionados don't want us to talk about: Our WANs are subluminal (slower than the speed of light). Outside of the Syfy channel, we're hard-pressed to collect enough tachyons on which to piggyback our data signals so they'll move faster than the speed of light. Neither are there any traversable wormholes in the public interexchange carrier (IXC) network, nor a sufficient quantity of the spice mélange to enable space time distortion (even for Dune fans) so our data can travel great distances without really moving. Basically, we're stuck with subluminal velocities in our data transfers. Latency and jitter are facts of life. There are some vendors that don't want us to think about this too much. I recently pulled a paper I was writing ...
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