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A Brief History Of Digital Storage (Infographic)

Updated on April 30, 2013

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Data StorageWe’ve come a long way from storing data on multiple floppy disks, bulky hard drives or scratchy CDRs to storing data online. The Millennial Generation has most probably never used punch cards (although some might remember those shoddy black (floppy) disks that were only as efficient as Windows 98 itself), yet they’re all familiar with Evernote, Dropbox, iTunes, Google Drive and a myriad of other digital tools that all store discrete data into the cloud.

Recently, Mashable put together an infographic to illustrate the digital storage evolution. Imagine having an IMB 350 in your office — office managers and system admins are going to breathe a sigh of relief that it ain’t so. Like a bad sci-fi film, you’re instantly teleported back into the pre-Technicolor age, where work used to be work as usual and people knew each other beyond Twitter, Facebook and the blogosphere. SIGH!
The eerie 9mx15m unit might seem intriguing at first, as you watch the guys in finance sweating bullets, however you’ll soon long for faster, better, universally available compute muscle, that you take for granted in the 21st century.

Coming back to reality, global digital storage is a multi-billion dollar industry today, which will be worth $46.8 Billion in the next 5 years, thanks to outright flexibility and rapid innovation by proponents such as NetApp, Amazon, Dropbox and many others.

Inexpensive storage space is also a major factor for driving adoption. Consider this: You get 2 GB of FREE space with a basic Dropbox account, whereas you’d have to shell out a whopping $35,000/p.a. for 4.4 MB (yes, that’s MB) on an IBM 350!

Here’s the quick history lesson on Digital Storage:

history of digital storage

Image Source: Mashable



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Omer Siddiqui

Omer Siddiqui oversees Marketing Communications, Digital Partnerships and PR at Cloudways. He has 6+ years of experience in the IT Services Industry.

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