The amount of data stored worldwide will grow to such a degree in 2015 that a new unit of measurement will be required, according to one industry expert.
In his predictions for 2015, published yesterday (January 5th), Bob Plumridge – a chief technology officer of Hitachi Data Systems and the chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association in Europe – wrote that the nascent ‘internet of things’ will cause an explosion in new data over the next 12 months.
This comes on the back of a decade of staggering growth, with five exabytes of data – or one billion gigabytes – created every two days as of 2014. In 2003, five exabytes represented the sum total of all information ever generated.
“Today our largest unit of measurement is the yottabyte, or one million exabytes,” Mr Plumridge said. “In 2015 we need to define a new unit of measurement.”
He cited smart facial monitoring systems and connected cars as two of the technologies that will drive this demand over the coming year.
The growth will make it more challenging than ever for organisations to manage key data, ensuring that all the information they store and process is kept secure and accessible.
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