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IDC predicts the world's population to produce a total of 1,800,000,000 terabytes in 2011

The digital world is stretching by the seams as more data is being archived than ever before. Consumers are storing their lives on to hard drives at home in the form of digital pictures, digital video and everything in between while the enterprise domain is converting all of its paper file cabinets into digital file cabinets, eating up storage server after storage server and the size of this archived data isn't getting any smaller.

A recent study done by the IDC puts the total amount of data stored throughout the world today in numbers. Last years total data weighed in at approximately 281 exabytes, or 281,000,000 terabytes, which is about a 56% increase over the previous year's 180 exabyte data count.

However, according to IDC, the world's data will reach an astounding 1.80 zettabytes in 2011, about 10 times the data stored in 2006.

For consumers and IT professionals today it is difficult to even envision 1.8 zettabytes of data as we're still just reaching capacities in the terabyte and petabyte range. To get a better visualization 1.8 zettabytes, remember that the current highest capacity desktop and enterprise hard drives top out at one terabyte. One thousand of these terabyte hard drives would come out to one petabyte. One million terabyte hard drives would add up to be one exabyte. Finally, one billion terabyte hard drives would equal a zettabyte of storage space.

So how can the world's digital data reach the 1.8 zettabyte mark so quickly? The answer is that the world is converting pretty much everything into digital data including photographs, home videos, surveillance videos -- but even then IDC says this is not the main drive for increased storage.

According to a December 2007 IDC report, IDC Predictions 2008: The Post-Disruption marketplace Takes Shape, social networking sites may constitute one zettabyte of storage by 2011 on their own, with 2007 figures stated as roughly 255 exabytes.

John F. Gantz, IDC's chief research officer, says in an interview that CIO's should be aware of this tremendous rate of increase in data stored year after year because a lot of this data will enter the enterprise environment even if it has not been created there. Many corporate employees will bring about 85% of their digital photos, video, emails, and other personal digital artifacts into the workplace at some point and the enterprise will be responsible for the protection of it.

Aside from personal data, corporations will also convert tasks such as voice calls and surveillance video into digital files for archival purposes, and in no way will this process be reversed. This data is only going to pile on year after year, file after file and the CIO's of these corporations will need to come up with some way to better handle this increase in data.

Outside of the corporate world, 2009's conversion from analog to digital signals for television will begin a sub-initiative to convert all analog programming coded on analog media to digital format stored on media such as optical or magnetic storage devices, and with high-definition programming becoming the norm for many network and cable/satellite television networks, data stored will increase even further.

The increase in data produced is inevitable since we are in the digital age, however, the world will eventually require new methods of storing this data to reduce or remove the redundancy we have today.


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RE: Pr0n!
By jadeskye on 3/14/2008 12:53:01 AM , Rating: 2
i've read in several articles that it's estimates to be around 70% of the entire internet is porn.


RE: Pr0n!
By MMilitia on 3/14/2008 5:21:46 AM , Rating: 3
I don't believe that is really true anymore.

I guess it depends what exactly you're talking about when you say 70% of "the Internet". If you're referring to the amount of content in bytes which is accessible via the Internet (in a client/server fashion) then I'd say that thanks rich content providers such as YouTube this 70% figure is a little dubious. You'll probably find that more like 30%-50% of content is adult, while the rest is cats playing pianos and such.

If you're talking about the amount of content which passes through the inter-tubes (they're just like pipes , I'm told) then I'd say a large portion of this is made up of P2P traffic, mostly consisting of TV shows and films. Obviously a considerable amount of P2P content is adult but my best guess would be it only makes up about 20%-30% of the total bandwidth utilized by P2P apps.

So in my opinion a rough breakdown taking into account both of these options would be something like this:
40% - Adult content
20% - TV shows/Films
40% - Rich web content (videos of kids setting themselves on fire, LOLCATS, Super Mario fan fiction)


RE: Pr0n!
By JustTom on 3/16/2008 9:59:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A recent study done by the IDC puts the total amount of data stored throughout the world today in numbers. Last years total data weighed in at approximately 281 exabytes


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According to a December 2007 IDC report, IDC Predictions 2008: The Post-Disruption marketplace Takes Shape, social networking sites may constitute one zettabyte of storage by 2011 on their own, with 2007 figures stated as roughly 255 exabytes.


If these figures are accurate social networking sites eat up 90% of all storage. So all those catty girls sniping each other on MySpace are driving storage sales.


"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs











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