Everybody Has More to Store

Businesses big and small and consumers of all sorts find they can't do without bigger, faster, cheaper storage. Amen, says the industry

During the economic downturn, Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., has postponed many purchases -- but not of computer storage. Lately, many of its students have been using Northwestern's network to watch cable TV via their desktops. And faculty and staff read their campus e-mail from anywhere in the world. To run these Web-based applications, says Mort Rahimi, vice-president for information systems and technology, the university has had to double its storage capacity over just the past 12 months. He adds that it'll have to do so again within the year.

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