Stronger, Better, Faster, Stronger: The Future of the Internet

It may be hard to believe, but the Internet has been around since the 1960s (And who thought it was a millennial like you).

The short version of the history of the Internet is that it was actually created as a military-government project with the goal of creating a  computer time-sharing system. Fast-forward to the 1990s, the Internet became an immediate two-way communication for consumers to have access to entertainment, businesses, educational, and governmental purposes. Today, it is a major necessity in our everyday lives and will continue to be for the rest of our lives and well beyond that.

With the growth of the Internet expanding into multiple countries and generations, it now stores an overwhelming amount of information, stored in bytes, and the amount of bytes being used is only getting bigger and bigger. Similar to the metric system, bytes are now measured in gigabytes, megabytes and terabytes. Now the scale is increasing to petabytes and exabytes.


With the growth of bytes being used for the downloading of documents, music, and movies, and if your device, like a tablet, smartphone, or laptop, runs out of space to store these bytes, your device can run really ,really slow.

So how can you fix this problem? Well, for one, you can delete a bunch of downloads that you had no idea was on your device, or two, get a device with larger storage. Most businesses and tech companies are not able to do number one so they have to invest in larger storage units, some as big as a truck.


That’s the Snowmobile, provided by Amazon Web Services, and the “Savior of the Internet.” The Snowmobile is a cloud storage service that is designed to transfer huge amounts of data by truck (imagine having one of these in your dorm room). The 45-foot long shipping container holds up to 100 Petabytes (which equals to 100 MILLION bytes). That is enough storage space to hold all of the information generated on the Internet since at least 2003.

So there you go! The future of the Internet is safe! As you were!

By allisonjoyner

Born in Mobile. Raised in Birmingham. Educated in Atlanta. Adulated in Jackson. And back in the ATL.

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