Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Unboxing

So now I've got a total of 30TB of online storage. Actually, it's effectively more like 18TB, as a fair amount of it is devoted to redundancy / backup. I'm sure that in 5-10 years 30TB will fit on a keychain in my pocket. But stories like this one make me think that disks aren't going to be growing in size as fast as we'd like for them to grow. This article talks about upcoming "HAMR" technology that could enable up to a 100x increase in storage density - but notice that the article is from 2011. Right now it looks like HAMR might arrive sometime in the 2014-2015 timeframe. So I'm sure that disk technology will improve - but it's going to require some patience.

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