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The fundamentals and futures of removable mass storage alternativesThis article reflects my view of how the storage products have been introduced into the marketplace, where they came from, and where others will continue to come from in the future. My corporate goal is to be a resource for those searching for removable solutions to mass storage problems. My introduction to optical storage occurred a few months before signing a non-disclosure agreement with FileNet on 8 Aug. 1983. By 87 or 88, as the optical craze was getting more popular, I started looking for similar or complementary storage technologies. I am still looking and my research is constantly turning up new entrants into this field. Due to the scope of the coverage in this field, this article does not dwell on any single technology. The goal is to provide information that is not compiled in any other single source and focus on facts that are not commonly known. I have provided a few baseline assumptions to ensure the mathematical calculations remain consistent: (1) hard-copy 8.5 in x 11 in documents which are scanned at 200 dots per inch (dpi) and compressed at a ratio of 10:1 result in a document image which requires an average of 50 Kilobytes (KB) of storage; (2) an average ASCII page requires 2 KB of storage; (3) an average flle cabinet drawer can hold 2500 pieces of paper; (4) one GB of storage can hold an average of 20,000 document images (a reel of 6250 tape holds 180 Megabytes (MB)).
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kempster, Linda
(Strategic Management Resources Ltd. Bowie, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard Conference on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies, Volume 1,
Subject Category
Documentation And Information Science
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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