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Resolving issues with file system performance include numerous solutions, primarily hardware related, from use of faster disks, a greater number of disks, distributed storage, SANs, and on the bleeding edge extreme, petabyte-worthy technologies such as cluster file systems. It can also lead to "workaround" handlings such as reinstalling software, re-imaging of hard drives, replacement of hardware, all of which incur overwork on the administrative end. It forces IT to work reactively on problems, increasing IT costs and adversely affects user productivity due to unacceptable levels of downtime.

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