Texas A&M University-Kingsville
The physical location for data used in every organization ebbs and flows as technology improves. In the early years of computing, data were stored on the central system because that was the only choice. As communication technology advanced, a decentralized model became popular and data were stored nearer to the place it would be used. Another leap in telecommunications prompted a move back to centralized data storage, mostly because access speeds allowed the data to be used remotely with minimal time lapse due to transmission distance.