Managing Data Locally
Part of our series on Cloud Privacy & Protection
Once upon a time (a long time ago), computers were either not connected to the internet at all, or at best connected to other computers within the same building.
In those days if you wanted to save data, you did so on your own hard drive (25 years ago, a standard PC had 8MB RAM and a 1GB hard drive)! Where applicable, and usually as a necessity due to the limited size of drive storage, you also printed a hard copy of the data and stored that physical copy in a file cabinet somewhere.
As each year passed, technology steeply advanced and we began to see larger and larger digital storage capacity taking up a smaller and smaller physical footprint. Soon it became possible to save meaningful amounts of data on removable drives. At the same time, local networks were faster, making it possible to store data on local server. For the first time, data was no longer local to a single machine or hard copies - we could now use a removable drive or local server to backup, share, collaborate, or transport data. For scale, Apple’s iPhone 11 contains more than one million times more memory and a hundred thousand times more processing power than that of the Apollo Guidance Computer on board when Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.