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HBO's 'Silicon Valley' stays (somewhat) true to tech

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If you’re not yet watching “Silicon Valley, drop your servers, code manuals and stray wireless mice, and find someone’s HBO Go password to steal. I mean borrow.

While the show is clearly a comedic exaggeration of IT guys and their bro-y living conditions, “Silicon Valley” touches on a lot of things about tech in general that really ring true. Think of the big mobile vendors today claiming how their revolutionary technology will make the world a better place. Think of the frenetic hype and flashing lights that surround major tech announcements or conference keynotes. Think of the colorful, “work/life balance” offices. The show does a funny, spot-on job amplifying all of these trends.

It hits on some interesting stats, too, and it’s made me wonder which ones are true. In an early episode this season, Gavin Belson, CEO of the fictional Hooli company (read: Google), gives an impassioned speech to his team about the importance of being first to market. To do so, Hooli needs to help the entire tech world prepare for the coming “data catastrophe.”

“Ninety-two percent of the world’s data was created in the last two years alone,” he cries. “At the current rate, the world data-storage capacity will be overtaken by next spring.”

Now, it’s unclear what year the show takes place in, considering many of the companies referenced in it are made up. But this statistic is not that far off. In fact, a 2013 Forbes article about Big Data cites IBM research that showed 90% of all data in the world had been created in the previous two years.

So “Silicon Valley” might just have this right.

If that’s the case, there are plenty of reasons that this data spike makes sense. Belson blames “all the selfies and useless files people refuse to delete on the cloud.” Funny, but so true that mobile data makes up a huge part of the information created and stored today. Every day we download apps and media and create content on our smartphones and tablets — and since those devices have limited local storage, everything can then be backed up to the cloud for more capacity.

IT shops going mobile must take this into account as they try to support more mobile devices taking up data center and cloud storage capacity in their organizations. Videos, online purchases and even the constantly pinging GPS signals on our phones contribute to the growing amount of data captured in the cloud, according to Forbes. But with mobile device management tools and a finger on the pulse of data center storage, IT can keep track of what data its users are producing on their mobile devices.

Any other “Silicon Valley” follies or factoids stick out to you? Let us know in the comments.

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