How much data is a Zetta Byte?

17 Jul


There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of days on the new NSA datacenter. Disregarding what type of data they could be storing, this is an AMAZING engineering feat when just looking at the size and scope of the data mining they will be accomplishing.

It is estimated that the new datacenter will hold around 1 zetta-byte of information! If these numbers being reported by NPR are correct that amount of data is equivalent to:

• 1000 Exabytes or 100,000 Petabytes (largest data centers today)
• 250 Billion DVDs
• 100 years worth of global communications
• Or 75% of the TOTAL data stored globally today

That is a huge amount of data that needs to be sorted, analyzed and managed not to mention all of the processing power that would go into this type of data mining. As more revelations come out about the monstrosity that is this data center, the data geek in me shivers in amazement.

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Storage


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