From Punch Cards To Holograms: The Evolution of Data Storage

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Data powers so much of what we do. While new consumer products like smartphones, tablets and computers get all the press, the data that powers them has rapidly evolved and improved over the last 50 years. This infographic explores the growth of big data and looks at how it impacts our world.

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Did you know that 1 gigabyte is equal to the same amount of data in a pickup truck filled with paper? Or that 2 terabytes is the equivalent of an average academic research library? This infographic explores the world of data and helps quantify how big different amounts of storage are. It’s easy to forget how powerful a single gigabyte of storage can be when we regularly use phones and tablets with dozens of gigabytes of storage.

As data storage has changed, we’ve moved from punch cards to cassette tapes to floppy disks to removable storage and now cloud storage and holograms. Will the next 50 years bring about as much change in the world of data?

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