Explosion of Digital Storage Worldwide

Research company IDC last year forecast that 2010 would see the volume of  digital data stored by everyone on the planet reach 1.2 zettabytes (1.2 billion  terabytes), representing growth of 62 per cent over 2009. And by 2020, that  volume will have grown by a factor of 44 to 35 trillion gigabytes.

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Research from Gartner estimates data capacity in those enterprises is growing by  40-60 per cent per year on average, not enough to cope with demand if IDC’s  statistics prove accurate. Its survey of 1,004 companies in eight countries  conducted in August 2010 identified data growth as the top data-centre  challenge, followed by system performance and scalability, and network  congestion and connectivity architecture.

This Washington Post article sited further reinforces the predicted coming explosion in on-line data storage;

Exabytes: Documenting the ‘digital age’ and huge growth in computing capacity

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