At the Techonomy conference last week in Lake Tahoe, Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, mentioned the stunning soundbite ”There were 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003,” Schmidt said, “but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing.”
Woweee that’s a lot of bytes, and I thought it was just me drowning in data.
PCWorld in its article “Prepare for Data Tsumani, Warns Google CEO” featured this quote and focussed on the “incomprehensible amounts of data out there about all of us…” and the privacy concerns.
I’m still stuck on the sheer volume of data. 1 exabyte is equivalent to 1 quillion bytes or
1 EB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 B = 1018 bytes = 1 billion gigabytes = 1 million terabytes
Managing and controlling this volume of information, not to mention securing the confidential bits, is a non-trivial undertaking and based on Mr. Schmidt’s prediction, the task is only going to get bigger. Just as organizations equipped employees with their own telephones, and then email accounts, and then mobile phones, the time has come to equip each employee with a secure file transfer account so that they can move information quickly and securely with the necessary organizational tracking and reporting for compliance.
Accellion customers are already weathering the data tsunami, transferring Terabytes of data per month via Accellion secure file transfer.
5 exabytes in 2 days – bring it on.
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