Then and Now: 10 Years of Innovation

This week we’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems.  Data Domain systems have been at the forefront of deduplication innovation since the beginning.  Over the past decade, deduplication has revolutionized the storage industry by significantly reducing the capacity required to protect valuable information by only storing unique segments of data.  Data Domain systems have been blazing a trail of industry firsts starting with the first deduplicated NAS in 2003 and spanning to this year with the first inline deduplication system optimized for both backup and archive data.

In honor of this milestone, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at a few other popular technologies that have also revolutionized their respective industries in the past 10 years.

The Smartphone

In 2003, RIM introduced the first modern smart phone with the 6210 model.  The BlackBerry 6210 introduced mobile email and web browsing integrated with the phone. Just 10 years ago those simple features were revolutionary.  Luckily for us, smartphone technology has come a long way since then. Now, email and web browsing are a given with any smartphone you purchase.  And can you imagine your phone not also doubling as a GPS and giving you instant access to all of your social media and latest news not to mention the plethora of other apps?  How could you send a text message without emoji??

TV/Movie Viewing

So, I admit, I’m still in a little denial that my carefully crafted DVD collection should probably be packed away next to my Dad’s old eight-tracks (yes, he still has them… and still listens to them).  I have shelves and shelves filled with DVDs that don’t do much more than collect dust lately. Now I watch everything via streaming video and video on demand because any movie or TV show I want is now only a few short clicks away.  Plus you get the home decor bonus of freed up shelf space when you toss out that old DVD player.

Social Media

Hey, remember Friendster? Does anyone still use Myspace?  These were the original players in the social media revolution. Remember when Facebook was called “The Facebook” when it launched in 2004?  While Facebook has managed to keep up with the times, the others clearly haven’t fared quite as well.  What started as basic online networks for people to share their strategically chosen favorite bands alongside their most flattering selfies, have evolved into entirely new ways of communicating and even doing business. Although Facebook is still a leader in this space, many other players have popped up and gained a lot of momentum over the past decade such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Social media is now a fast-paced real time way to share news and opinions through photos, videos or in 140 characters or less.

 

 

We’ve come a long way in the past 10 years and the pace at which technology evolves is only increasing.  I am excited to see what the next 10 years will bring.

Happy Birthday, Data Domain!

 

 
Alyson Langon
A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.
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About Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

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