A massive array of idle disks (MAID) is a system that employs hundreds or thousands of hard drives for near-line data storage.
NOTE The term near-line is used to define the area between online and offline storage.
MAID is designed for write once, read occasionally (WORO) applications. In this model, drives are spun up only on demand to access data stored on them. Because only a small amount of the data is being accessed, these disks can be powered as needed, thus reducing
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