A few months ago, just a few months ago drat it, the best place for general storage reference information was to look it up in a site like Techworld.

Now we no longer have a dictionary of technical terms. The best thing to do is to look 'em up in Wikipedia.

It's okay for SAN. I tried it with something a little harder - LTO 4. The result is quite impressive. It doesn't have roadmap information (LTO 5, LTO 6) but what it does have is darn impressive.

I tried it with 'Decru'. No result. I tried it with 'EMC' and got a reasonable result.

I think what's happening is that there is a sustained transfer of reference information into Wikipedia. It's patchy, doesn't occur at a uniform rate, and has a built-in delay - Decru being a newer and much more niche company than EMC. But it is happening none the less.

All the main storage technologies have entries in Wikipedia, even some oddball ones like ATA over Ethernet. Wikipedia is growing like an enormous, humungous, devouring reference facility. There may soon be no reason for Encyclopedia Brittanica to exist, ditto Encarta and certainly online IT sites like Techworld can forget about having a tech' terms dictionary. Wikipedia does it for free and does it better.

But, how is Wikipedia funded? Yahoo! appparently provides free hosting for it and various foundations have granted it money. I don't understand its business model - there is no advertising on the site - and so I can't judge its stability. That apart the thing is growing and growing and growing and ....