- May 30, 2012
Big Data is more than just the latest buzz word, it’s serious business and it’s growing at a nearly unimaginably fast rate. Today, Cisco Systems reports that Global Internet Protocol traffic will reach an annual run rate of 1.3 zettabytes in 2016 up from 368.8 exabytes in 2011.
What are zettabytes and exabytes, you ask? Well, an exabyte is the equivalent of one million gigabytes; a zettabyte is one trillion gigabytes. This increase in traffic is largely driven by the proliferation of mobile devices, including tablets and smart phones.
So, how do you make sense of the unfathomably large quantities of data we are creating today? Get a grip on the basics of bytes by checking out the Cisco Visual Networking Index, as well as this great chart they put together below.
|IP Traffic Term||Equivalent||How much is that?|
|1 Petabyte||1,000 Terabytes or 250,000 DVDs||100 Petabytes
The amount of data produced in a single minute by the new particle collider at CERN.
|1 Exabyte||1,000 Petabytes or 250 million DVDs||5 Exabytes
A transcript of all words ever spoken
|1 Zettabyte||1,000 Exabytes or 250 billion DVDs||66 Zettabytes
The amount of visual information conveyed from the eyes to the brain of the entire human race in a single year
|1 Yottabyte||1,000 Zettabytes or 250 trillion DVDs||20 Yottabytes
A holographic snapshot of the earth’s surface