Magazine article Information Management

The Digital Universe Explodes

Magazine article Information Management

The Digital Universe Explodes

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According to research from IDC, a provider of market intelligence for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets, by 2011, the digital universe will he 10 times the size it was in 2006.

"The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe: An Updated Forecast of Worldwide Information Growth Through 2011" highlights several findings that will affect individuals and business around the world in the years to come, such as:

* At 281 billion gigabytes (281 exabytes), the digital universe in 2007 was 10 percent bigger than originally estimated.

* With a compound annual growth rate of almost 60 percent, the digital universe is growing faster and is projected to be nearly 1.8 zettabytes (1,800 exabytes) in 2011, a 10-fold increase over the next five years.

* Your "digital shadow"--that is, all the digital information generated about the average person on a daily basis- now surpasses the amount of digital information individuals actively create themselves.

* The digital universe in 2007 was equal to almost 45 gigabytes (GB) of digital information for every person on earth- or the equivalent of more than 17 billion 8 GB iPhones. …

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