How will we store data in the zettabyte era? (Infographic)

22 Mar 2016

As we keep producing more and more data, how are we going to store it?

The amount of data we produce nowadays is truly mind-boggling.

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Facebook posts, WhatsApp messages, YouTube videos – every minute of every day, we are constantly creating data.

Less than 10 years ago, the world’s entire hard-drive capacity was somewhere in the region of 160 exabytes and, in 2009, the entire internet to date had accumulated 500 exabytes worth of data.

And yet, just four years later, this had grown to a staggering four zettabytes, while it is estimated that in 2015 the world produced 1 zettabyte of data in the space of just one year.

These numbers are truly mind-boggling, which is why WebpageFX produced the below infographic in order to put them into some kind of context.

The infographic also looks at how the ways we store data have evolved – from the floppy disk to the DVD to the cloud, and hybird cloud, to, perhaps, in future, the hologram.

If you’re struggling to read this inforgraphic, click on the image for a larger version.

Data storage in the age of the zettabyte

Data storage Overflowing car image via Shutterstock

Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.