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post #1 of 13
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If you look around the web, there's a bunch of various articles talking about how hard drives are going to be obsolete because people are moving to cloud storage.

Really?

How many millions of drives must google have to provide it's services?
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by demoship View Post

If you look around the web, there's a bunch of various articles talking about how hard drives are going to be obsolete because people are moving to cloud storage.

Really?

How many millions of drives must google have to provide it's services?

For your average consumer who doesn't have gigabytes of personal files, I believe its a very real possibility.

As phones and tablets replace laptops and pc's, HDD space gets smaller. Movies and music are the consumers two main space-hogs, and those can be streamed online. The rest is simple document hosting.

I don't believe it is so far-fetched. And yes, Google has enough space to store all that. Remember that they don't have to store duplicate files, as those can be matched with a hash.
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HDDs are VERY SLOWLY beginning to be phased out in client devices. There is not a single phone on the market today that has a mechanical rotating magnetic hard drive onboard for storage, and precious few (if any) tablets.

SSDs are gradually penetrating to the lower ends of the market, to where now even $500 laptops can be found with a 120GB SSD sometimes.

So yes, magnetic storage is SLOWLY dying in client applications. But it's still very alive and well in the datacenter.
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post #4 of 13
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That's not what I mean.

Those articles are implying that hard drives the technology are going obsolete, which is definitely not the case.

If anything all these cloud storage services use MORE drives per end user then before, because they let people store their files forever and they have redundancy which people don't normally have on their own.
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Can you link those articles?
     
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post #6 of 13
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Can you link those articles?

This is one:
http://cloudtweaks.com/2012/09/the-day-hard-drives-become-obsolete/

There's plenty more like that saying hard drives are becoming obsolete. It's more like hard drives are being moved from peoples' homes into datacenters, but they're still there.
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Got to store that stuff somewhere rolleyes.gif

But yes, for client devices that aren't backed up properly, HDD isnt a be all end all solution as it had been for quite some time.

While Google Drive is proving to be a viable solution for individual client needs, its counterpart (from the article) is insecure and not cleared for use for banking institutions (via OCC)
    
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i'm not buying this cloud storage nonsense.

besides, i got my own biggrin.gif
Edited by Master__Shake - 4/9/14 at 6:06pm
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by TheReciever View Post

Got to store that stuff somewhere rolleyes.gif

But yes, for client devices that aren't backed up properly, HDD isnt a be all end all solution as it had been for quite some time.

While Google Drive is proving to be a viable solution for individual client needs, its counterpart (from the article) is insecure and not cleared for use for banking institutions (via OCC)

I get this feeling that some people think the "cloud" is some special device that doesn't have standard PC components in it. Hence the ignorant statements.

It's like oh, we don't need powerful CPUs or hard drives, we can just make the internets do that stuff!
post #10 of 13
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I get this feeling that some people think the "cloud" is some special device that doesn't have standard PC components in it. Hence the ignorant statements.

It's like oh, we don't need powerful CPUs or hard drives, we can just make the internets do that stuff!

I agree. I've run into many people who have no clue what "the cloud" really is.
     
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