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USB seems pretty fast until you start to move around hundred gigabyte files. Then it's downright pokey. For those who've outgrown USB, Thunderbolt is a new technology developed by Intel and backed by Apple and others. Its functionally extends PCI express to an external port, greatly improving the transfer rate. LaCie now offers a set of external Thunderbolt drives, the smallest of which uses either 1 or 2 TB drives and can achieve transfer rates as high as 10 Gbps.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.