The comments in StorageNewsletter.com on the IDC study "Extracting Value from Chaos" present some food for thought. The title alone, "WW Data More than Doubling Every Two Years" leaves one wondering where and how to store it all securely and accessibly, given that at 1.8 zettabytes (ZB) created and replicated in 2011 alone -- a rate of growth faster than Moore's Law -- it would fill 57.5 billion 32 gigabyte (GB) Apple iPads that could build a wall over 4,000 miles long and 61 feet high. The implications (and there are several) are serious. For example, the article notes, even though 75% of the information in the digital universe is created by individuals, enterprises will find themselves liable for some 80% of that information at some point; metadata will become a saving grace for those charged with making sense of this accumulated data; ditto cloud computing solutions, public and private; only about half of the information in the digital universe that should be protected actually is protected. And so on.
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