Storing data is one thing; retrieving data is everything.

—Fred Moore, President

Horison Information Strategies, 2003

Not many of us know what to do with 1,000 20-terabyte drives—yet, that is what we have to design for in the next five to ten years.

—Jim Gray, 2005

CHAPTER 13

Selected Storage Systems and Interfaces

13.1   INTRODUCTION

The world’s craving for data and passion for information seem to have no upper boundary. If it is at all possible to somehow capture the digital essence of an activity, it seems we are utterly compelled to do so. It’s as though the single byte that we fail to lock in our archives will be the only one that’s important ten years hence.

Consider a trip to the grocery store, as an example. If you drive there, your automobile ...

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