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Storage Explosion

January 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Bill Burnham writes:

I found a recent article on Toms Hardware to be fascinating. The article details the increases in storage capacity and performance over the last 15 years. Some of the numbers involved are mind boggling. In the last 15 years, the storage capacity of top-end hard drives has increased 5,907X from 130MB in 1991 to 750GB in 2006.

The price difference is even more dramatic. In 1991 a megabyte of storage cost about $7.00, now it costs $0.000527. Thats a 13,274X price improvement or a 99.9925% price drop in 15 years.

Storage capacity is clearly the most abundant and faster growing component of the big three(processing power, bandwidth, and storage) today and it looks as though the relative disparity between the three may even increase further in the short term.

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