Storage in a big data world

The beauty of little boxes, and their role in the future of storage

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky, Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes all the same. There's a green one and a pink one And a blue one and a yellow one, And they're all made out of ticky tacky And they all look just the same.

-Malvina Reynolds, "Little Boxes" (listen below)

In 1962, songwriter Malvina Reynolds saw the large numbers of tract homes springing up on the hillsides in Daly City, Calif. (a suburb of San Francisco), and was inspired to write the song "Little Boxes," a snippet of which is above. If you're into 1960's songs about middle class conformity, you may not have a positive association with lots of interchangeable "little boxes."

In storage, however, lots of interchangeable little boxes are not only beautiful but the wave of the future.

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