Digital Data to Balloon 44-Fold by 2020

Wed, May 19, 2010

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Universal digital information will grow 44-fold in 11 years – from less than one zettabyte in 2009 to 35 zettabytes in 2020. (A zettabyte, by the way, is a million petabytes, and a petabyte is a million gigabytes.) This exponential growth will pose a huge challenge to HIT CIOs and other IT professionals nationwide, according to a new study.

The study by EMC Corp. and IDC measured and forecast the vast amount of digital information created and copied annually. Titled “The Digital Universe Decade – Are You Ready?”, the report notes that the amount of digital information created in 2010 alone will be 1.2 zettabytes, which would equal:

  • The digital information created by every man, woman and child on Earth “Tweeting” continuously for 100 years
  • 75 billion fully-loaded 16 GB Apple iPads, which would fill the

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