Cloud storage for everyone!
Computers have become an important part of our day-to-day lives over the past two decades. They have transformed from large business devices to smart phones, tablets and quad core desktops. As our electronic devices evolve so has the way we store data. We now need more space, quicker read and write access and smaller storage methods. But where did the idea of data storage come from and how has it evolved?
The earliest known form of data storage was punch cards which were created in 1725 by Basile Bouchon. They had a perforated paper loop to store patterns which could be used on cloth. In 1846 Alexander Bain improved on this idea with the invention of punched tape which could hold significantly more data than their predecessor.
With the invention of computers came the need for larger data storage methods. A device called a Selectron tube was developed by the RCA in 1946 which could store 4096 bits of information. A few years later magnetic tape was released as an improved way of storing data. This was then refined and placed in Compact Cassettes and VHS.
In 1956 IBM created the first Hard Drive for its 305 RAMAC computer. It contained fifty 25inch disks which could store 5 million characters or 5MB of data. In 1971 Alan Shugart, also an IBM employee, created the first memory disk which allowed users to transfer data easily from one computer to another. It was called a Floppy disk and was cheaper and more flexible than HDDs although it did not store as much data. The Floppy disk was followed by the CD in 1979 and the DVD in 1995, which both had significant impact on data storage and are both still used today.
In recent years we have seen the release of Blu-Ray disks and the unsuccessful HD-DVD. Both disks offered users a way to watch High Def movies from anywhere. Disk technology continues to evolve and the introduction of holographic disks in the near future will increase disk storage from 120GB to 3.9TB.
While music and movies are still bought on disk the invention of USB drives and memory cards has allowed users to easily save large files and transfer them from one place to another. The compact Flash was one of the first memory cards although it wasn’t until the smaller SD card was created that a wide range of devices supported memory cards. In recent years memory cards have continued to get smaller and now can store up to 128GBs of data.
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We believe cloud storage will be the most widely used form of data storage in the next decade. As users switch from CDs to MP3s and DVDs to AVIs, the need for physical storage methods has decreased. Our portable devices now contain WiFi and 3G internet connections to give us access to the internet from nearly anywhere. As internet speeds and coverage increases the cloud is set to become even more popular. Unlike physical storage methods, cloud storage literally has no limit to the amount of files that can be stored on it. Every file you ever downloaded or created can now be accessed from the palm of your hand. If you want to know the history of cloud storage click here.
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