Over the last 2-3 years, a lot has been written about data growing faster than hardware capabilities. Computing power has largely progressed along what Gordon Moore had predicted half a century back, and that was enough to handle the increase in data volumes. But, with the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) that has changed. The numerous clicks, touches and sensors on pretty much every "thing" has been pumping out data at a pace that puts Moore's law to notice. Frequently cited examples include size of Facebook's daily log (~60 TB), data generated by a transatlantic flight (~ 650 TB) etc.
In recent times, Port Gridlocks have become a common issue in the country. There has been significant disruptions over the past months. See “Retailers’ frustration with West Coast gridlock hits the boiling point”. The Pacific Maritime Association, is still in contract talks and negotiation with International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Such negotiations have reduced the speed of five largest ports on the West Coast. It is reported that the productivity had dropped by 30% to 50%, in recent times. Every industry is affected by this complete gridlock of West Coast Ports, especially the automotive and the retail sector. A recent blog on Asian supply lines hit by U.S West Coast ports explains about the impact of this gridlock on the automotive sector. Companies started complaining that they do not have sufficient supply to run the production lines. While we are now headed towards an apparent settlement, it is not clear how long the settlement will last. Many believe that it is just a Matter of Time Before West Coast Port Labor Issues Recur.