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Stop the data storage presses, flape is here!
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of May 2014 Vol. 13 No. 3
While musing over "flape," an acronym he heard for the first time, expert Jon Toigo explains how what's new in the data storage industry is really what's old. In a conversation with an industry insider the other day, I was warned to stand by for a lot of noise about flape. It might just be "the next big thing" in storage architecture, I was told. Not wanting to appear as un-hip as my teenage daughters accuse me of being, I grunted knowingly and mustered an uber-cool and slightly pained scowl. The scowl was real, as this was yet another silly term I would no doubt need to grok if I was going to tweet, blog, YouTube or whatever about it. I turned to my search engine (I'm trying out Bing because of the confusing ads that pop up at the top of Google search results) and keyed in f-l-a-p-e. The only serious hit was from the Urban Dictionary, which offered three definitions of the word: (1) a combination of a cape and a flag, (2) the act of grabbing and twisting a nose or other body part, or (3) the act of flirting aggressively, ...
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