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- n. Either 1021 or 270 bytes
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- n. a unit of information equal to 1024 exbibytes or 2^70 bytes
- n. a unit of information equal to 1000 exabytes or 10^21 bytes
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A zettabyte is the equivalent of 1 billion terabytes — or nearly a billion times the data stored on the various drives in my apartment.
With global IP traffic in 2013 expected to top 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (half a zettabyte, which is one trillion gigabytes), IBM CEO Sam Palmisano is warning that "our country will not be prepared for a new world that is increasingly built on the fusion of the physical and the digital" without a huge national broadband upgrade driven by private-sector funding and "enlightened" government policy.
To put things in perspective about the unabated growth of video traffic, Shetty said it is appropriate to start thinking in terms of the zettabyte, which is the same as 1,000 exabytes.
(In case you missed the definition of "zettabyte" in your daily data binging, that's a million million gigabytes.)
The 2010 IOUG Database Growth Survey, conducted in July-August 2010, estimates that more than a zettabyte or a trillion gigabytes of data exists in databases, and that 16 percent of organizations surveyed reported a data growth rate in excess of 50 percent annually.
Annual global IP traffic will reach two-thirds of a zettabyte (or 667 exabytes).
“In the next 12 months there will be a zettabyte of information on the Internet,” said Dr. James Baty, distinguished engineer, VP and chief technology officer of Sun Microsystems.
If you're like me -- can't tell the difference between a zettabyte and an overbite -- this Big Data stuff may be more than you will want to bite off.
In just three years, the world's IP traffic is expected to total more than half a zettabyte.
But the amount of stuff generated is expected to jump from 161 exabytes last year to 988 exabytes (closing in on one zettabyte) in 2010.
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