EMC has sponsored a report by IDC, out today, on the exploding growth of data. It attempts to perform a census of the amount of digital information created/copied in the world and project its growth rates. Here it is:
Here’s a taste of some of the numbers:
- In 2006, the amount of digital information created and copied worldwide was equal to 161 billion gigabytes, or 161 exabytes. In layman’s terms, that figure is roughly equivalent to three million times the information in all the books ever written – or the equivalent of 12 stacks of books, each extending more than 93 million miles from the earth to the sun.
- In 2006, if divided evenly across the global population — currently 6.6 billion (6,579,247,264) people — approximately 24 gigabytes of digital information was created per person.
- In 2010 alone, the amount of digital information created and copied worldwide will rise six fold to 988 exabytes . The unprecedented nature of this growth is symbolized by the fact that the word “exabyte” doesn’t exist in any word processing program’s spell checker.
- The book and gigabyte analogies above will jump in 2010 to approximately 150 gigabytes per person and approximately 75 stacks of books to the sun.
- By 2010, nearly 70% of digital information will be created by individuals; however, organizations will be responsible for the security, privacy, reliability, and compliance of at least 85% of the digital universe.
Gosh, could this mean we need to buy some more storage? Joking aside, the numbers are staggering. I’d like to know more about how IDC gathered this information.
McAfee has announced that Dave DeWalt, EMC Corp.’s current head of customer relations, will become its new CEO, effective April 2. DeWalt is replacing George Samenuk, who was forced to step down in October because of a stock options investigation that means McAfee has had to restate 10 years worth of results. “I have to restore the image of McAfee,” DeWalt is quoted as saying about the transition.
The move is reminiscent of former EMC CTO George Symons’ move to Yosemite Technologies in October. We suppose it’s only natural for execs who have come up the ranks at a big company like EMC to branch out later in their careers, but we also wonder if it’s coincidence that Symons’ defection to a separate SMB backup company preceded the apparent death of EMC Retrospect by just a few months.
Meanwhile, MarketWatch reports that Symantec execs are promising more acquisitions to come. Enrique Salem, Symantec’s group president of consumer products and solutions, wouldn’t even rule out another billion-dollar deal at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco. Wondering how Symantec customers feel about that…
Anyway, signing off for now–someone from a big company could be spying on us, after all.
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