According to the analyst firm IDC, the amount of data created worldwide in 2010 will total 1.2 million petabytes…or 1.2 zettabytes.
Now if you’re still coming to terms that your modern digtial life is getting close to totaling a terabyte of data…I suggest just accepting the fact that data storage will be an ever growing need you will have to continuously address in future years.
And regardless of what pundits like Jeremy A. Kaplan say, the hard drive is far from dead. I’m betting big that people will still want to maintain control (their own managed copy) over their data even if the “cloud” beckons a siren’s song of simplicity.
So, how big is a zettabyte file? A total of one billion terabytes equals a single zettabyte. With our fondness for all things space related (if you’re new to the scene, just check out our company name ;-) 800,000 petabytes (one petabyte is a million gigabytes) is equivalent to a stack of DVDs that can reach the moon and back to Earth again, according to IDC.
And the total amount of data generated in 2020 is predicted to be 35 zettabytes…which would be a stack of DVDs that would reach half the distance to Mars.
From my POV, it’s very unlikely end users will see that kind of storage need in the foreseeable future…but hey…with so many things converging into bits of data these days, the ability to predict what will be for sure is a fool’s game. But at least you now know what the future might be called.
You know, I dig this file size name. It sounds like another name I’m familiar with that is quite big and famous in her own right….