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Vol. 11 Num. 3 May 2012

Were those crazy Mayans thinking about storage?

Give or take a few million years, the Mayans say we’re doomed; but our data storage systems may be living on borrowed time right now. One reading of the stelae discovered in the ancient ruins in and around the Yucatan Peninsula holds that the world is kaput as of December 21, 2012. So you can understand why I wanted to get this column published now. While the consensus of the scientific community regarding the Mayan Apocalypse is that somebody did their math wrong by omitting the exponent that properly places the end of everything at a somewhat later date (41 octillion or 4.124105 x 1028 years after this December), you just never know. Exponents, or “powers of 10” as my first math teacher called them, are shorthand expressions after all. As such, they’re simplifications intended to limit the number of integers required to express large numeric values so we can do math with our fingers or fit big numbers onto the screens of our smartphone calculator applications. While useful, the incorrect use of exponents can lead to error and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Cloud storage for archiving

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Cloud archiving services can offer accessibility and data preservation at a fraction of the cost of building an on-site archive infrastructure.

  • DAS lives

    by  George Crump

    Direct-attached storage may seem passé, but it’s making a comeback and gaining widespread interest.

  • Recovery slows for storage shops

    by  Rich Castagna

    Storage budgets have been recovering, but progress might be slowing. Storage managers are looking for tools to get more out of the gear they have or plan to buy.

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