10.6. Future Applications

If you have a long enough lever, and a fulcrum upon which to place it, you can move the world. The Storage Area Network is the lever and the Internet is the fulcrum, and there’s every reason to believe that you, as a SAN professional, will move the world in the not-too-distant future.

What would happen if people had faster access to more (and better) information? There have been some important moments when information in quantity was distributed widely:

  • The destruction of the library at Alexandria in 638 prompted scholars to save what books they could and flee. They spread the information throughout the Mediterranean and beyond.

  • The conquest of Granada in 1492 made the science and art of the Moorish empire available ...

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