The exploding digital universe
12 Mar 2008

The exploding digital universe

IDC has updated their forecast of expansion

12 Mar 2008

IDC has updated their forecast of expansion the digital universe to accommodate bigger and faster growth. Some highlights:

  • The digital universe in 2007 — at 2.25 x 1021 bits (281 exabytes or 281 billion gigabytes) — was 10% bigger than we thought. The resizing comes as a result of faster growth in cameras, digital TV shipments, and better understanding of information replication.
  • By 2011, the digital universe will be 10 times the size it was in 2006.
  • As forecast, the amount of information created, captured, or replicated exceeded available storage for the first time in 2007. Not all information created and transmitted gets stored, but by 2011, almost half of the digital universe will not have a permanent home.

More in the report (and executive summary)…

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