Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Digital Data Overload – Can we make sense of it all?

It is amazing how the advent of the Digital age and its progress have made us more productive and able to extract the juice of it all for deriving the perceived benefits. However, at the same time, what we have failed to notice over the same period is the amount of data we are creating, processing and storing. Here are some eye-openers


  1. A single terabyte equals 1,000 gigabytes and could store about 1,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. A new system called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope is set to take detailed images of larger chunks of the sky and produce about 30 terabytes of data each night.
  3. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey in New Mexico in its first two days of operation gathered more data than in all previous history of astronomy
  4. Facebook uses more than 1 petabyte of storage space to manage its users’ 40 billion photos i.e. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. This amount of data can store 500 billion pages of text. 1 Petabyte equals 1000 Terabytes = 1,000,000 Gigabytes
  5. Google churns through 20 Petabytes of information every single day just running data analysis jobs.
  6. The Large Hadron Collider, in Geneva, will create enough data to fill 1.7 million DVDs every year

What do you make of this ?


Bharatesh said...

Itna 'Data hamein de na Data (God)' ... there is a song in movie 'Ankur' starring Nana Patekar. 'Itni Shakti hamein dena Data man ka vishwas kamjor ho na'..

The amount of data that we digitise (personally as well) is just mind boggling... i guess i have around 4GB of photos and another 60 GB of movies stored... and there is a part of it on the internet too... so i feel i am(we are) dumping a lot of stuff everywhere.

Anonymous said...

RE Bharatesh's comment: "Itna 'Data hamein de na Data (God)' ... there is a song in movie 'Ankur' starring Nana Patekar. 'Itni Shakti hamein dena Data "...hilarious! :)

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