Storage is not the only computer application where vendors are unable to take advantage of ever increasing speeds of processors as the Wall Street Journal notes:
"Other users are running into problems already. Robert Singleterry Jr., a researcher at National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Langley Research Center, studies the potential effects of space radiation on astronauts. His software depends heavily on each chip's clock speed -- a contributor to computing speed, measured in gigahertz -- and has seen disappointing test results based on quad-core chips with slower clock speeds than dual-core chips.
"Now when I buy the latest and greatest, the performance goes down," Mr. Singleterry said. "This has never happened in the past." "
The urgency to purchase new equipment from manufacturers has diminished without the steady speed increase. This change provides a great bargaining chip to the purchaser of new storage equipment.