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Can data storage equipment pass the Yoga Pants Test?
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of June 2013 Vol. 12 No. 4
What criteria are you basing your data storage equipment purchases on: a prestigious label or real-world requirements? Jon Toigo explains why we need to start testing gear again. As I write this column, the furor is beginning to die down around a scandal involving a popular (and very expensive) brand of yoga pants. The microfiber material used to make these pants apparently becomes transparent when the yoga enthusiast bends over or otherwise imitates the choreography of a pretzel. In a remarkable bit of chutzpah, the pants vendor's CEO has promised to make things right and to provide refunds or exchanges to anyone who returns their flawed merchandise. She also recommends testing the new product before finishing the exchange by donning the pants, bending over and asking the attendant if there are any visibility issues. Funny as it sounds, customers regard the CEO's offer as reasonable and fair. The Yoga Pants Test, as I have come to call it, should also apply to data storage equipment purchases. Like the malfunctioning clothing ...
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