Digital Universe Expands at an Alarming Rate

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 05-12-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Growth of the Digital Universe

    There is now almost as many bits of data as there are known stars in the universe. 2013: 4.4 zettabytes, 2020: 44 zettabytes
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    By 2020, the amount of the 44 zettabytes that is worth analyzing could be more than 35%. Amount of data worth analyzing in 2013: 22%. Amount of data analyzed in 2013: 5%
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    Amount of Data in the Cloud

    The amount of data moving through the cloud to one degree or another will double by 2020. Amount of data touched by the cloud in 2013: Less than 20%. Amount of data touched by the cloud in 2020: 40%
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    Need for Data Security

    About half of the data that should be secured in the enterprise is not protected. Amount of data that needs to be protected: 43%. Amount of that data that is currently unprotected: 52%
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    Where the Data Resides

    China, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico will be generating more data than existing mature markets during the coming years. In 2013, mature markets generated 60% of all data. By 2020, emerging markets will generate 60% of all data.
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    Of the 4.4 zettabytes generated in 2013, enterprises end up managing 85% of it. Amount of data generated by consumers: 2.9 zettabytes. Amount of data generated by enterprises: 1.5 zettabytes. Amount of data managed by enterprises: 2.3 zettabytes
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    Value of the Data

    While 4.4 zettabytes sounds like a lot of data, only a small percentage of it is either target rich or of high value. Percent of target-rich data worth analyzing in 2014: 5%. Percent of high-value data in 2014: 1.5%
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    IT is still the dominant source of target-rich data worth analyzing. General IT and metadata: 42%, Surveillance: 33%, Consumers and mobile data: 17%, Embedded systems: 8%
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    Embedded systems will account for a much bigger percentage of target-rich data by 2020. General IT and metadata: 53%, Embedded systems: 21%, Surveillance: 16%, Consumer and mobile data: 10%
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    The Coming of the Internet of Things

    Things, as a percent of what is connected to the Internet, will grow from 7% in 2013 to 15% in 2020. Number of things connected to the Internet in 2013: 20 billion, Number of things that will be connected to the Internet in 2020: 30 billion
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    Data Generated by The Internet of Things

    The size of the data generated by a thing connected to the Internet is usually fair small. Percent of all data generated by the Internet of Things in 2013: 2%. Percent of all data generated by the Internet of Things in 2020: 10%
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    Percent of data generated by mobile-connected things in 2013: 18%. Percent of data that will be generated by mobile-connected things in 2020: 27%
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    In 2014, there are 28 million IT professionals worldwide, a figure which is expected to grow to 36 million by 2020. 2014: 230GB of data per IT professional. 2020: 1,231GB of data per IT professional
 

While the size of the digital universe, in terms of the amount of data being generated, is forecast by IDC to grow to a staggering 44 zettabytes by 2020, only a small percent of that data is of value to businesses. Even so, a small percent of a huge, huge number still leaves a lot of data for IT organizations to store, manage and protect. In fact, a new report, which was commissioned by EMC, finds that 85 percent of today's 4.4 zettabytes of data is managed by IT to one degree or another. An indication that the data's management needs improvement, however, includes the report's finding that about half of data that enterprises need to secure is adequately protected. Another daunting challenge, of course, is figuring out what data of the 4.4 zettabytes is relevant for your business, which is one of the reasons why organizations are increasingly adding a chief data officer to the C-suite. But, regardless of who manages the data, the EMC report makes it clear that data storage will be a major challenge for CIOs in the years ahead.

 
 
 
 
 
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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