data consumption doublingThe results from a recent EMC Study show that the world’s information is more than doubling every two years. The study entitled “Extracting Value from Chaos” concluded that the worlds data consumption is growing at a rate faster than Moore’s Law (which states that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years) with a mind boggling 1.8 zettabytes to be “created and replicated in 2011”.

In terms of sheer volume, 1.8 zettabytes of data is equivalent to:

  • Every person in the United States tweeting 3 tweets per minute for 26,976 years nonstop
  • Every person in the world having over 215 million high-resolution MRI scans per day
  • Over 200 billion HD movies (each 2 hours in length)—would take 1 person 47 million years to watch every movie 24×7
  • The amount of information needed to fill 57.5 billion 32GB Apple iPads. With that many iPads we could: