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December 2012 Vol. 11 No. 10

Are black holes slowing the evolution of storage technology?

Jon Toigo expounds on the not-so-heavenly bodies scooping up smaller storage companies and threatening the evolution of storage technology innovation as we know it. A recent article in Nature should have all data storage watchers breathing a little easier. The story detailed the latest theories from an astronomical study conducted by a group of researchers at Michigan State University establishing, among other things, that multiple black holes could keep company within a cluster of the Milky Way galaxy without, you know, shredding the fabric of the universe. The scientists reported the discovery of a pair of black holes in the M22 cluster (part of the Sagittarius constellation approximately 10,000 light years away), and presented data that there may be between five and 100 black holes in that same location. They further suggested that these phenomena may not be as quick to eject their brethren into open space at anything like the rate previously thought -- thereby reducing the likelihood, I suppose, that I'll encounter a random ...

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