What's even more amazing is the drop in disk storage pricing. One of our servers at Wigix needed some additional hard disk space, so I went and purchased a Seagate Barracuda 750 GB drive for $156. A couple of things went through my head as I made this purchase. First off, it seems like we almost take for granted the amount of disk storage that we use. 750 GB is an absolute ton of storage. But when I look around my home and take inventory of my DVR's, external hard drives, etc. I probably have close to 2 TB of storage myself, and even with that amount of storage I constantly scramble to look around for more disk space to store off my media files or backups. My god...when I was in the corporate IT world 10 or 12 years ago there weren't many Fortune 500 companies with a terabyte of data across their entire enterprise, let alone in somebody's house. And the prices are so ridiculously low now too....750 GB for $156 comes out to about 1/5th of a penny per MB. Again, going back to my corporate IT days I can recall that in the early to mid-90's we were paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 per MB....and we thought we were getting a pretty good deal back then. A good deal? That's a thousand times more per MB than what I'm paying now! No wonder our EMC sales rep had such a smile on his face every time he visited our office back then.
Next up for me...a RAID-enabled NAS drive for the home...stay tuned.