The Queen's Jubilee: Celebrating 70 Years of Tech

In planning our Jubilee celebrations, we got to thinking about how far tech has come since Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952. From the invention of the Hard Disk Drive and the establishment of the first network connection to the creation of highly advanced IT solutions, including Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and robotics, technology has come a long way in the past 70 years! 

1956: Invention of the Hard Disk Drive 

Since its invention, the HDD has enabled companies and individuals alike to save and store files and led the way for further storage innovation. Today, hard drives are used universally for storing operating systems, applications and data files like pictures, music, and videos. HDDs are installed in computers, mobile devices, consumer electronics and enterprise storage arrays in data centres. The RAMAC 305 had fifty 24-inch diameter disks and cost around $30,874 (adjusting for inflation) per month, today you can pick up a pocket-sized 1TB HDD for well under £100.  

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1969: First ever network controlled protocol / First network connection   

On 29th October 1969, ARPAnet established the first-ever node-to-node communication from one computer to another. Each computer was about the size of a small house, one located at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and the other was over 350 miles north in Stanford, California. 

The message sent between the two computers was, whilst short, enough to crash the system and only the first two letters were received.  From this first connection, we now have billions of computer networks worldwide for immediate and effortless communication. These network connections differ in size, range, capabilities, speed and connected devices. We are now capable of creating connections that can allow devices to communicate on a global scale! Find out more about computer networks here. 

1971: The first email is sent

Email is a daily convenience we often take for granted. However, it was only invented in 1971. In 2022 it is estimated that 333.2 billion emails are sent every day! The first-ever email was sent by Ray Tomlinson in 1971. Who was the recipient of the email you ask? Himself! The email was sent from one computer to another computer right beside it, travelling via the ARPANET network (the precursor to the Internet). What was the momentous message of the first email? “QWERTYIOP or something similar," Ray later admitted. Whilst the technology was groundbreaking the creativity was lacking slightly. 

1984: Dell is Founded 

While at the University of Texas in Austin, Michael Dell founded PC’s Limited from his dorm room, at the time primarily focused on providing customised upgrades for PCs. This eventually became Dell, with over 165,000 employees across the globe, Dell is one of the world’s leading suppliers of PCs and servers. Today Dell power thousands of organisations around the world with dynamic, efficient and reliable IT hardware including laptops, PCs, servers, storage, monitors and much more. Check out our readily available stock of Dell servers 

1999: Invention of the GPU 

The Graphics Processing Unit is an extremely important technology for both personal and business computing. Graphics Cards handle intensive graphics rendering tasks. The term GPU was first coined by the inventors of the technology, Nvidia. The first GPU in history was known as the Geforce 256. Today, we find GPUs in mobile phones, personal computers, workstations, and gaming consoles. Check out our range of GPUs here.  

2007: The First iPhone is Released 

Since Apple first unveiled the iPhone 15 years ago, smartphones have become ubiquitous. The iPhone claims a 23.4% global share of the smartphone market, more than any other manufacturer. The first iPhone was unveiled on June 29, 2007, and propelled Apple to become the most profitable company of the time. The iPhone was so revolutionary because it was different to everything else on the market at the time. The iPhone design eliminated most physical hardware buttons and instead featured a touch screen with only a few physical buttons. This then became the blueprint for smartphone design and led to a boom in the smartphone market as manufacturers looked to replicate Apple’s success.  

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2011: NVMe is invented 

NVMe SSDs are the fastest storage drive option currently on the market, offering speeds up to six times faster than SAS and up to ten times faster than SATA. NVMe stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express and refers to the way in which the storage drive communicates and transfers data with the motherboard. NVMe SSDs provide lightning-fast speed and impressive efficiency. It is estimated that by 2023, 91% of SSDs within enterprise data centres globally will be NVMe.  

 Find out more about NVMe here.  

2022: Shift to everything-as-a-service IT models 

aaS IT is a flexible-consumption model which allows customers to utilise and pay for IT services based on what they need and use, usually through a subscription or pay-per-use option. There’s been a definite shift towards consumption-based enterprise IT models so far this decade which may have been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more in our latest Techbuyer Enterprise Solutions blog. 

What a great 70 years it has been for technology! We look forward to the next 70 years of technological innovation and we hope to play our part in ensuring that sustainability is at the heart of this.