Tuesday, November 06, 2007

"Now when I buy the latest and greatest, the performance goes down," Mr. Singleterry said. "This has never happened in the past."

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.

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