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