Om Malik has an interesting Tech History article he posted last week called ‘10 Fun Facts About Storage‘. It’s a compiloation of tidbits regarding storage, the past/present/future, that he’s gathered from other sources. Here’s two examples:
- The magnetic HDD is 50 years old. In 1956 IBM introduced 305 RAMAC (random access method of accounting and control), which is like the great-great-great grandfather of today’s disks. It was the size of a refrigerator, and stored a total of 4.4 megabytes on 50 doubled-sided, two-foot-diameter disks.
– Consumers bought 739.7 million gigabytes of hard-drive storage space last year. That is 11 times what they bought in 2003.