Friday, May 7, 2010

The Age of the Zetabyte: That's a Lot of Data

Ever wonder what comes after a Gigabyte, it is a Petabyte (a million gigabytes). But what comes after a Petabyte? The answer is a Zettabyte, roughly a million Petabytes. IDC recently recently published a study about the growth and size of data. It is estimated that the digital universe will eclipse 1 Zettabyte in 2010. That is a lot of data. Naturally this has many implications from how to search, how to classify, how to backup, and how to secure all this data.

Perhaps the silver lining in this is that of all this data 75% is a copy of something else. Thus, the data de-duplication (software to logically manage the removal of duplicate data) market is poised to take off...

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