When's Toyota Going To Make Prius Hard Drives?
from the not-worried dept
Analyst firm IDC is getting some attention today for a study that warns of a coming (cue ominous music) storage shortage, as the amount of data that gets created outstrips the world's supply of storage. The firm cites online video, and the ease with which it can be copied, as being a major contributor to the data boom. Some are pointing out that IDC's claim simply doesn't make sense, since it's impossible to produce data above and beyond what can be stored. IDC's message sounds a little bit like what we were talking about yesterday with oil. People have been warning about a coming oil shortage for years, but technology that allows us to keep finding more, and use what we have more efficiently, which continually pushes back the day that we run out. There's no doubt that in the next few years, storage will continue to get cheaper, allowing the exploding demand for it to be met. If you're worried about this, consider how much data we're producing today compared to, say, 10 years ago. Seems like we did fine meeting this need.