New York Minute vs. Internet Minute (the Internet Wins)

Data Storage on InternetThe pie chart below demonstrates in graphic terms what’s going on with the Internet.

To put it mildly, the internet is storing/transmitting an almost incomprehensible amount of information every minute.

According to IDC, a market research firm, in 2013 there were over 4 zettabytes of data on the Internet.

For you non-techies, a zettabyte is one billion terabytes and a terabyte is roughly a trillion bytes.

Still a little fuzzy?

Let’s just say that one zettabyte is the rough equivalent of 36,000 years of high definition video.

Or, to put it another way, one zettabyte is the rough equivalent of 2 billion years of music.

And guess what . . . it is predicted that the Internet will grow to 44 zettabytes by 2020.

Valuable Information?

Now, I’ll grant you that a significant portion of the 4+ zettabytes of information currently on the Internet is garbage or redundant and could easily be omitted with no loss in quality to the Internet as a whole.

Still, that Internet thing looks like it may be catching on!

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