Today's IT Infrastructure is often stated as three components: computers, storage, and networking. It's hard to say which is most important since all three are usually needed to do any real work, or entertain us. Early computers, through the '70s, were seldom networked but today's are usually networked and many mission-critical applications require networks to run. Networks were rare in computer systems from the '50s and emerged in the '70s as enterprise found it was cost-effective and enhanced control to connect branches to computers at the home office. Networks became more common in the '80s as PCs became common in the office and at home, but the networks were expensive and very limited compared to today's internet and ethernet. Today's networks are as at least as important as the computers on them. Our personal computers and phones don't do much interesting without their networks. Commerce, relationships, and entertainment depend on networking. 'The network is the computer' is one opinion, and in many cases it seems the computer is the network. Networks computers, and storage are closely related, engineered to fit like gloves.
October arrived, spreading a damp chill over the grounds and into the castle. Madam Pomfrey, the nurse, was kept busy by a sudden spate of colds among the staff and students. Her Pepperup potion worked instantly, though it left the drinker smoking at the ears for several hours afterward. Ginny Weasley, who had been looking pale, was bulled into taking some by Percy. The steam pouring from under her vivid hair gave the impression that her whole head was on fire. Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flower beds turned into muddy streams, and Hagrid's pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds. Oliver Wood's enthusiasm for regular training sessions, however, was not dampened, which was why Harry was to be found, late one stormy Saturday afternoon a few days before Halloween, returning to Gryffindor Tower, drenched to the skin and splattered with mud. Even aside from the rain and wind it hadn't been a happy practice session. Fred and George, who had been spying on the Slytherin team, had seen for themselves the speed of those new Nimbus Two Thousand and Ones. They had reported that the Slytherin team was no more than seven greenish blurs, shooting through the air like missiles.
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