I am a (Java) developer currently working in Investment Banking and I have always wondered why it is so difficult to increase the capacity of mapped drives on the *nix servers we run our applications on.
I realise there may be cost restraints, but this does not explain the gulf between server hard drive capacity and personal hard drive capacity. For example, I have more capacity on the machine I work on than the production server used for our applications. I also find it baffling that when new capacity is requested (in the region of 10s of GBs), so much business justification is required (I understand the justification requirement if TBs is required).
Can someone explain the difference between the disk in my PC and the disk in a server; are they really the same or is the gulf in capacity due to different hardware requirements. Conversely, are the physical disks the same but the infrastructure requirements much greater when used in a server (i.e. RAID, backup etc).