Twenty five years ago computers sat on desks and as a rule weren’t very portable. The Internet was just starting to take off. As time passed, computers grew smaller and the Internet grew larger. Now most of us basically carry our computers in our pockets or purses in the form of our mobile devices. And as technology has continued to grow exponentially, so has the need for data storage. Think about it – we use our devices to take and store pictures, play music, do our taxes, and control the thermostat in our homes. So it makes sense to think about data storage and how it impacts us now and in the future. The information processed by technology and the question about where to put it all is a very valid concern.
Most of us use a computer on a daily basis. We often sit in front of one for hours at a time during our workday. And those machines are processing and storing massive amounts of information that needs to be stored somewhere. Due to this, each year there has been some serious exponential growth in information technology industry. Some companies opt for on site servers but we’ve learned those don’t last forever, they have a shelf life. Every few years most systems need upgraded or replaced completely. Servers, although reliable, do have their limitations.
Up until recently, the norm was for most companies to use servers. These are often found in centers that rely on massive amounts of electricity and need to be kept in a certain temperature range that require massive amounts of cooling as to not get overheated. If a unit does become overheated it can wreak havoc on the whole system, causing it to go down or malfunction and lead to crashes or loss of information.
Some companies have opted for cloud technology, which is incredibly convenient and dependable for the most part yet carries with it a fair amount of economic pressure. This pressure regarding the financial aspect of cloud technology may very well be reduced in the near future though, which is definitely a good thing. The smart thing to do is realize that information technology storage options are a big deal and we should be planning ahead for the future so we aren’t caught off guard. What we do today will definitely impact us tomorrow.