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Many of us suffer from an incurable addiction to data. We randomly seek random information, frequently...and when we have questions, we don't just want the answers....we need them. Worse, we need them NOW. As a result, "search engine gymnastics" is a new discipline in which many of us have become highly skilled. Armed with internet-connected devices, we expect to answer any question in a matter of seconds. It's just data. It should always be at our fingertips. ALL of it. Memory to the Rescue Memory lies at the heart of the instantaneous access we require. So when "Zombie Vampire Alien Invasion" sweeps the honors at Cannes, it's likely that you, me, and our 10,000,000 closest friends will start pulling up related articles and pictures. When that happens, the data won't be travelling to us from a slow hard disk somewhere...or even from a faster solid state drive (SSD... (more)

The Rise of Tiered Memory | @CloudExpo #SDN #DataCenter #Storage

Tiered architectures are all around us. You encountered one the last time you boarded an airplane. By dividing the aircraft cabin into multiple classes (or tiers) of service, airlines are attempting to maximize their profit. First Class provides the highest level of service, and consequently, is the most expensive. Economy Class provides a lower service level, but with a corresponding lower price. The classes are sized according to established expectations of customer demand...i.e. most air travelers will prioritize cost over comfort (hence the high-capacity Economy Class), with ... (more)