I remember back to my 1980 Macintosh Plus. I always looked forward to getting new floppy disks from my Uncle. One day though, he sent me this large heavy device. He told me to connect it to my computer and then I could start up my mac without any of those floppy disks. I was confused. How can I start a computer without putting in the floppy disks? I wondered.

This was my first experience with a hard drive. Shift forward 30 years later, and now our heads are in the clouds. But even in the Cloud, we still will find our computers, servers, and hard drives. Amazon calls these hard drives EBS Volumes (Elastic Block Store).