Friday, November 13, 2009

Thinking Outside The Web

I found this story enlightening. Here's the question it raises: What's the fatest way to move 120 Terabytes of data from Point A to Point B?

FTP? BitTorrent?

The answer: Fedex it.

GO that route, and all that data would be moved in 24 hours, rather than the 2,664 (4 months) it would take over a (relatively fast) web connection.

What an excellent reminder that innovation and problem solving doesn't always mean using the most technically advanced solution.


  1. This will certainly date me but I used to hear the expression: "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magtape driving down the interstate". :-)

  2. Luther -

    I've recall hearing that quote in the context of NetFlix.

    Thanks for reminding me ;-)