It is crazy to think of how far things have come when you’re talking about storage. There is a picture that I recently saw and one that I love because it is so true and funny. I will try to include the picture, but it is a person holding approximately 50 floppy disks that total about 132MB of memory. While in the other hand, the person is holding 128 GB of memory. Growing up we would have never imagined that so much memory could be stored onto something that you could possibly attached to a keychain. This picture does give you a glimpse into how far technology has come, going from storing a few files onto a floppy disk to being able to store over 1,000 pictures on a small device. I can’t even being to imagine where they will take this. When I first heard of a 500GB storage device I thought there will never be anything bigger than that, but now we have devices that go higher than 6TB which is amazing, an everyday person could possibly never fill a device that big.
A few years ago when I was working on the weekend we had an incident, as a call center supervisor that works on weekends we don’t do much we just make sure everyone is where they need to be and taking calls. One Saturday morning during the summer, the office started to get hot and our system applications stopped working. Nobody was able to receive any calls nor were we able to access the internet. Come to find out that the cooling system in the Data Center had blown a fuse and stopped working, everything started to overheat, and I think there was an automatic override that shut everything down. It took a while to get everyone on board, once everyone figured things out they were able to switch us over to one of our other locations and get us back up and working. That is when I found out that we had more than one location that kept our data and was used as a backup system for situations like this. Once I started learning about redundancy it made more sense as to why this is needed, especially in a business like ours where we support online banking for many different banks. Downtime was minimal thanks to having a second data center and having all of our systems back up to that center. Eventually, they moved our data center to a different location altogether, and even then they switched us over and then proceeded to disconnect everything pack it up and moved. It surprises me when I hear about companies that don’t have a backup to their systems, regardless of how big or small the company is. If I ever get to the point where I have my own company, I will definitely have a redundant amount of backups.
Hello, everyone, my name is Carlos Aguilar. I am married with 2 kids a boy and a girl. My son Jayden is 12 and in middle school and my daughter is 5 going on 18, so that’s fun. One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is coaching. I coach my sons flag football team, I have been doing this for about 5 years now. It has really helped me in not just dealing with my son but also dealing with the employees under me. If anyone in this class has ever thought about coaching you should give it a try. It is very rewarding, a lot of kids play this sport or other sports for fun, but when you get them out there and you push them without belittling them they can do amazing things. Every season we have had kids like that, start slow but look completely different on their last game. We as coaches, a lot of times are unfortunately the only good male role models that a lot of these kids will have.
Anywho, I am working on my bachelor’s degree in computers because I have always been a fan, I have always enjoyed helping out co-workers when they had issues with their computers. The way I saw it was if I can’t fix it and break it, the real IT people would be there to fix it anyway. I learned many things that way, just tinkering with the computers and googling how to fix that or replace this. I figured it was time that I got some real teaching and not just google everything especially if I wanted a career in it. I don’t have a lot of hands on experience with storage, the only experience that I have is with things like a memory stick for a camera or storage for my Xbox. I once was able to add additional memory to my desktop at work, it is the 288-pin memory. In our desktops at work, we have two that came with the desktop and two empty slots. After losing some employees, I opened them up and added the two to my desktop. It ran a whole lot faster and better after I added it. I didn’t configure anything I just added them and it worked. I also learned that if you ever get the blue screen of death that you can remove these memory sticks and it will reset and remove the blue screen, which was pretty cool to learn. I look forward to having a great semester.