Showing posts with label yottabyte. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yottabyte. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Year of the Yottabyte?



Big Data has been the big technology buzzword for a couple of years now.  So recently, as a nod to big data, the term yottabyte has  become a top technology buzzword. In my upcoming paper  "Smart Technology for Big Data" (for Institutional Investor Journals)  this chart introduces big data.

Exhibit 1


Bytes
Magnitude
Common usage
Example
gigabyte (billion)
109
computer RAM
New laptops have about 8GB RAM
terabyte (trillion)
1012
discussing computer hard drives sizes
NYSE produces about
1 TB  of information day
petabyte (quadrillion)
1015

total company storage space
Facebook’s largest Hadoop cluster contains 100 PB disk space
exabyte (quitillion)
1018
all the... in the world
Global internet traffic is 21 EB per month.
zetabyte
(sextillion)
1021
future storage discussions
Total size of the internet is about 1 ZB.
yottabyte
(septillion)
1024
speculation
Nearly infinite.

It's a favorite exhibit of those who have read the paper. Many had never heard of terms larger than a petabyte.  In the article, I mention that the term yottabyte is used in "speculation".  But is that speculation about to enter the realm of reality?  The recent article about Twitter adding security to impede surveillance mentions that the National Security Agency's datacenter in Bluffdale, Utah is "possibly cabable" of storing a yottabyte. We're still in speculation mode but for how long?  Will 2014 be the year of the Yottabyte?


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