This paper published by Alliance System describes the next generation Input/Output (I/O) interconnect standard for the PC industry is PCI Express and PICMG 1.3 specifications. PCI Express is a dual-transaction protocol that prioritizes packets to more specific targets, enabling a higher performance interface. But, as platforms change to incorporate these new PCI standards, they are virtually eliminating space for high-end telephony boards. This paper represent the next major leap in PC interconnect I/O and should support the throughput requirements of the PC industry for many years to come.
RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is the standard for combining multiple independent hard drives to form one large logical array. Each RAID level represents very different trade-offs in terms of cost, availability, and performance. Applications that can benefit from RAID 10 are ones where both high performance and reliability are paramount. RAID 5 is still the best choice for pure redundancy when using four drives or less, but when performance is a key to the success of an application, and when many more drives to create larger arrays; RAID 10 is the new standard in application data redundancy.