Friday, February 26, 2016

What are your predictions about data storage?

I'm in the market for a new computer, likely another 15-inch Macbook Pro Retina, and so the question arises whether I want to pay an extra $500 (USD) to upgrade from 500 MB flash memory to 1 TB.

Here's what my usage looks like now. I'm pretty full, but there's a bunch of movies I could delete and not miss. So I think I could easily be fine if I were better at hard drive housekeeping.

This gets me to thinking: what about the next 3-5 years of storage?
Clearly we are moving to a more cloud-based storage world. Does that necessarily imply that we need less storage space locally? Or does the ubiquity of downloading random shit off the internet (most of which we probably don't need) offset that cloud-based movement, in a manner similar to how people who have bigger desks just end up having more clutter on their desk?

Will we need more or less local storage on our computers?

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