Zettabyte Appetite

I’m here today to talk to you about a matter of serious concern, server obesity across the worlds data centers.

Just as the waistlines of people are expanding, so is that of our servers. Our super-sized appetite for food has caused us to become bloated and lethargic and our voracious appetite for information is having a similar effect on our servers.

If there was ever a question that we are an information hungry society, that question has been answered. Researchers at UC San Diego announced at Storage Networking World’s (SNW’s) annual meeting in Silicon Valley, that they have rigorously estimated the annual amount of business-related information processed by the world’s computer servers at 9.57 Zettabytes.

One Zettabyte equals one billion Terabytes!

That’s billion with a “B” and that’s a lot of trillions.

The study estimated that by 2024 the world’s enterprise servers will annually process the digital equivalent of a stack of books extending more than 4.37 light-years to Alpha Centauri, our closest neighboring star system in the Milky Way Galaxy.

But just as our super-sized meals are high in fat, so is the information that is stored forever in massive storage farms around the globe. With that much information, one has to question how much duplication there is and more importantly how much integrity does the data have?

The bigger question is, can you ever really trust all the information we consume or just like our mega-meals, is it full of fat and empty calories with no nutritional value whatsoever?

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