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The performance of streaming media servers has been limited due to the dual requirements of high throughput and low memory use. Although disk throughput has been enjoying a 40% annual increase, slower improvements in disk access times necessitate the use of large DRAM buffers to improve the overall streaming throughput. MEMS-based storage is an exciting new technology that promises to bridge the widening performance gap between DRAM and disk-drives in the memory hierarchy. We explore the impact of integrating these devices into the memory hierarchy on the class of streaming media applications. We evaluate the use of MEMS-based storage for buffering and caching streaming data. We also show how a bank of k MEMS devices can be managed in either configuration and that they can provide a k-fold improvement in both throughput and access latency. An extensive analytical study shows that using MEMS storage can reduce the buffering cost and improve the throughput of streaming servers significantly.