It is fascinating to ponder the amount of data that is collected, analyzed and stored each and every second of the day. The data storage community can thank law enforcement for the most recent petabyte surge in data storage consumption. With police departments arming their officers with body cameras, all of that recorded data will have to be stored and archived, in many cases for ever! According to the latest report released by the U.N. Telecom Agency, there are roughly 6 billion mobile phones in use, worldwide. The amount of storage needed to support all of these devices is growing by leaps and bounds every second. According to a recent Pew report, smartphones are widely used for navigating numerous important life activities, from researching a health condition to accessing educational resources and mapping our driving directions. Many rely upon smartphones for every facet of communicating and collaborating. From electronic mail to electronic shopping.
In terms of memory, I clearly recall purchasing my very first personal computer for my home office over 27 years ago. It was custom built and came with 40 Megabytes of hard drive storage. The technician, whom I placed my order-to-build with, proudly talked about how much hard drive space that was and how it would take a very long time to fill it to capacity. I think his exact words were: “It will be years before you go through your hard drive space.” The very next year, due to advancements in computer motherboard and hard drive technology, the machine was rendered obsolete and could not be upgraded and was replaced!