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What Do NAS, NASA and NASCAR Have in Common?

Several things in addition to all starting with the letters NAS it turns out

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The other day it dawned on me what do NAS, NASA and NASCAR have in common?

Several things in addition to all starting with the letters NAS it turns out.

For example, they all deal with round objects, NAS or Network Attached storage involved with circular spinning disk drives, NASA or National Aeronautical Space Administration besides involved with aircraft that have tires that go round and round, or airplanes circling waiting for landing.

In the case of NASA they are also involved with sending craft or devices to circle other planets or moons and land or crash into them. Sometimes NAS along with other storage systems have disk drives that crash, similar to how NASCAR events see accidents.

Ceder Lake 3M NASCAR at dirt track - Photo (C) 2008 Karen Schulz all rights reserved

Ceder Lake dirt track 3M NASCAR night (Photo (C) 2008 Karen Schulz)

NASCAR is also involved with vehicles that dont or at least should not fly, however they do go round and round on a track, often paved however sometimes mud or dirt tracks plus high tech exists with computers and various data models, not to mention the NASCAR air force.

In addition to being involved with round objects and activities, all three are also involved in computing, generating, processing, storing and retrieving for analysis of data, not to mention high performance requirements.

NAS based storage can also be relied upon for serving the needs of NASA and NASCAR data and informational needs.

And FWIW, just for fun, look at what you get when you spell NAS, NASA or NASCAR backwards:


Whats the point of this post?

Not much actually other than to stimulate some thought, discussion as well as perhaps have some fun with technology during the holiday season.

Im sure if I put some more thought to it, more similarities would or will come to mind.

However, for now, thats it for a quick thought, what similarities do you see or know about with NAS, NASA and NASCAR?

Ok, nuf fun for now, time to work on some other posts, content and projects.

Happy holidays

Cheers gs

Greg Schulz - StorageIO, Author "The Green and Virtual Data Center" (CRC)

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Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.

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