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World’s Data Will Grow By 50X In Next Decade.

Over the years I have worked with a lot of companies solving critical technology needs and helping them apply the right solution to their pressing challenges. The one area that seems to give most of my technology clients a major head ache is solving problems around information/content/data. How to store it, how to manage it, how to share it and how to optimize it. Particularly content and rich media.  So when I read this latest IDC research paper on how the world’s data will grow by 50X in the next decade, it only underscored the critical challenges around managing, protecting, accessing, and optimizing all of this data. Especially with the rise of cloud based infrastructure, applications and solutions.

What’s really astounding is that currently in 2011, the amount of data created and replicated will surpass 1.8 zettabytes (1.8 trillion gigabytes), growing by a factor of 9 in just five years. That’s a whole lot of data! I could write several books on the opportunities and challenges that this explosion in data will create, but for now lets look at some of the IDC data.

By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of “information containers” while IT staff to manage it will grow less than 1.5 times ( DF NOTE: Its a good time to get into IT Management Jobs!!)

In the next five years, these files will grow by a factor of 8, while the pool of IT staff available to manage them will grow only slightly. The IDC study predicts that overall data will grow by 50 times by 2020, and unstructured information — such as files, email and video — will account for 90% of all data created over the next decade. Astounding!

Topics: Computers/Infotech/UI

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Written by David Frederick

June 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

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