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The History of Data Storage

History of Data Storage

One megabyte = 1 ft in height

Infographic not to scale...

if it was, your computer would explode.



42 Zettabytes - 1.52 Light-Years

Estimated Entirety of Human Speech if Digitized



OORT Cloud 0.1 to 1 Light-Year

Amount of Storage in Soon-to-be-completed NSA Building



21 Exabyte - 34,984,460,883.8 Miles

Total Data Transferred per Month on Internet in 2010



CLOSEST DISTANCE POSSIBLE TO PLUTO

2,602,762,603.4



1 Exabyte = 1,665,926,707.8 Miles

Total Data Transferred per Month on Internet in 2004



CLOSEST DISTANCE POSSIBLE TO MARS

33,900,000 Miles



120 Petabytes - 24,403,223.3 Miles

IBM Builds Largest Storage Array in 2011



30 Petabytes - 6,100,805.8 Miles

Content Delivered by Steam Each Month



25 Petabytes - 4,880,644.7 Miles

Data Processed per Day by Google in 2009



ORBIT OF THE MOON - 238,900 Miles



1 Petabyte - 13,996.3 Miles

Data Stored for the Movie Avatar



1 Petabyte - 13,996.3 Miles

Streaming Video Stored by Netflix



ORBIT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - 205 Miles



750GB - 145.5 Miles

Average Home PC in 2013



OZONE LAYER - 12 to 19 Miles



COMMERCIAL AIRLINERS 7.5 Miles



16GB - 3.1 Miles

Average Smartphone in 2013



Cumulus Clouds 6,500 ft



2.5GB - 2560 ft

IBM I3380 Debuts in 1980 at $142,200



100MB - 100 ft

Average Home PC in 1990



550MB - 550 ft

CDs are Introduced in 1983



28 MB - 28 ft

IBM 1301 Debuts in 1961 at $115,500



5 MB - 5 ft

Average Home PC 1980



5 MB - 5 ft

IBM 250 Debuts in 1956



2 MB - 2 ft

First Hard Drive Debuts in 1952



0.08 MB - 0.96 in

The Floppy Disk Debuts in 1971



0.01MB - 0.12 in

Magnetic Drum Memory Thrives in the Early 1950s



0.005MB - 0.006 in

Selection Tube Debuts in 1946

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The History of Data Storage

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