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May 2014 Vol. 13 No. 3

Stop the data storage presses, flape is here!

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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