Doubling of world’s data equals ‘huge opportunities’ for IT, new study finds
Results of an EMC Corp.- sponsored IDC Digital Universe study, entitled Extracting Value from Chaos, has found the world's information is more than doubling every two years, which is faster growth than Moore's Law - with a colossal 1.8...
June 29, 2011
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Results of an EMC Corp.- sponsored IDC Digital Universe study, entitled Extracting Value from Chaos, has found the world’s information is more than doubling every two years, which is faster growth than Moore’s Law – with a colossal 1.8 zettabytes to be created and replicated in 2011.
The study, which measures and forecasts the amount of digital information created and copied annually, analyzes the implications for individuals, enterprises, and IT professionals, the two companies said in a release
In terms of sheer volume, 1.8 zettabytes of data is equivalent to:
* Every person in the Canada tweeting three tweets per minute for 242,976 years nonstop
* Every person in the world having over 215 million high-resolution MRI scans per day
* Covering 86% of Mexico City
* Building a mountain 25 times higher than Mt. Fuji
IDC notes that the skills, experience, and resources to manage the deluge of data and resources simply is not keeping pace with all areas of growth.
The research firm predicts that by 2020, IT departments worldwide will need 10 times the number of servers to deal with the information onslaught.
“The chaotic volume of information that continues growing relentlessly presents an endless amount of opportunity — driving transformational societal, technological, scientific and economic changes,” said Jeremy Burton, chief marketing officer at EMC.