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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

Storage Bin 2.0: Winds of change push storage into a new era

Goodbye transactional computing; today, the file is the next big thing. Try and get your head around this: K-Fed (Britney Spears' ex-husband) is the good parent. And remember when rich guys were old and smoked pipes? Today they ride snowboards inside the pipe. Once upon a time, business was a serious thing. Now the smart money is on video games designed for my 12-year-old, who blows things up in a video game with his teammate who lives in China. The transactional computing era is over, my friends. It had a fantastic run, generated gazillions of dollars, created countless jobs and industries, and was intellectually stimulating--for a while. It's why we work in IT. The principles that revolutionized the way business was done have served us well. For 50 years, commercial computing has been predicated on the same basic philosophies, architectures and structure, all of which are based around the transaction. The transaction is a small block I/O that has known value, and thus can be supported with known costs. Protecting and scaling ...

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