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World's Servers Process 9.57ZB of Data A Year

CWmike (1292728) writes | more than 3 years ago

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CWmike writes "Three years ago, the world's 27 million business servers processed 9.57 zettabytes, or 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information. Researchers at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the San Diego Supercomputer Center estimate that the total is equivalent to a 5.6-billion-mile-high stack of books stretching from Earth to Neptune and back to Earth, repeated about 20 times. By 2024, business servers worldwide will annually process the digital equivalent of a stack of books extending more than 4.37 light-years to Alpha Centauri, the scientists say. The report, titled 'How Much Information?: 2010 Report on Enterprise Server Information,' was released at the SNW conference last month. Roger Bohn, one of the report's co-authors, compared the world's servers to the underwater portion of an iceberg 'that runs the world that we see... Most of this information is incredibly transient: it is created, used and discarded in a few seconds without ever being seen by a person,' said Bohn."
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