I have noticed some interesting similarities between the horse and buggy era and the computer storage industry.
As the calendar turned to the year 1900, horses were a part of everyday life and a familiar site in both urban and rural settings. The wagon, carriage and buggy business was doing well. Horse-drawn vehicles were common and were the predominant form of personal transportation for people and small amounts of cargo. Although “horseless carriages,” also known as automobiles or motorcars, had been available for a few years, they were expensive and purchased primarily by the wealthy. The early automobiles had reliability problems and often broke down, but a young industry had been launched, and the early adopters were excited about the new technology.
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Action Item: We are in a transition period, moving from hard disk drive technology to non-volatile memory technology for storage. It will take a few years, but do not be afraid to use these technologies now.