A new study shows that the entire world's information data is more than doubling every two years. This year, it is expected that 1.8 zettabytes (ZB) will be created and replicated. How big is a zettabyte?
A zettabyte is equal to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes or one billion terabytes. A yottabyte is larger than a zettabyte and is equiavelent to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.
Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, stated in 1965 that the number of transistors on per square inch integrated circuits will double every two years and that this trend will continue for a long-period of time.
Recently, though, the Moore’s Law definition has been revised to every 18 months. Experts agree, including Moore, that this trend will continue until at least 2020. But will it happen sooner?
A new IDC Digital Universe Study called “Extracting Value from Chaos,” sponsored by EMC Corp., concludes that the world’s data is more than doubling every two years and that 1.8 zettabytes will be created and replicated this year. This statistic is growing faster than Moore’s Law.
“The chaotic volume of information that continues growing relentlessly presents an endless amount of opportunity, driving transformational societal, technological, scientific and economic changes,” said Chief Marketing Officer of EMC Corp., Jeremy Burton.
With the “digital universe” and “big data” being the driving forces of the aforementioned changes, enterprises have invested $4 trillion in the digital universe since 2005, including hardware, software, services and staff. However, with the advent of “information taming” technologies, the cost of capturing, creating, managing and storing data has been down one-sixth since 2005.
The study further shows that only a third of the digital universe has minimal protection and half of the information that must have security protection is protected.
So how exactly big is all this information?
The study says 1.8 zettabytes of data is equivalent to every person in the United States tweeting three messages per minute for the next 26,976 years non-stop. It is also equal to more than 200 billion high definition two-hour movies, which would take one individual 47 million years to watch.