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Time Capsule

Time Capsule

July/August 2014


1951
Tape Drive The Remington Rand UNISERVO was the primary I/O device on the UNIVAC I computer, and stored up to 224 KB on a 1,200-foot-long metal tape.
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1956
Hard Disk

The refrigerator-sized IBM 350 disk drive held 3.75 MB and leased for US$3,200 a month. Inflation adjusted, that’s nearly US$28,000 today—or US$7,400 per MB.

(Hear why at bit.ly/1mxbHMu.)

 
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1970s
Floppy Disks
“Hello, IT? Get me those latest figures . . .”

Data storage in the ’70s and into the ’80s? Floppy. From 8-inch to 5¼-inch to 3½-inch, these disks of thin, flexible magnetic storage medium were state of the art. Just ask your mom.

 
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1999
SD Cards

Initially 64 MB, the Secure Digital (SD) memory card storage from SanDisk, Matsushita, and Toshiba has been getting smaller in size and larger in capacity ever since. (Today’s MicroSD holds 128 GB.)

 
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2000
USB Flash Drive

The first ThumbDrive from Trek Technology plugged into any USB port and offered a whopping 8 MB storage capacity. And within just a few years, thumb drives were making fashion statements. Sushi, anyone?

 
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2011
Storage from A to ZFS

Organizations are optimizing storage with tiered Sun flash, disk, and tape solutions from Oracle and enabling unified storage with the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

 
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2013
Extreme Memory

In a single rack, Oracle’s Exadata Database Machine X4 supports 88 TB of user data in flash—a capacity sufficient to hold the majority of online transaction processing databases in flash memory.

 
 




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