Okay, an exabyte (1152921504606846976 bytes) is 2 to the 60th power , or 1,024 petabytes. A petabyte is 1,024 terabytes; a terabyte is 1,024 gigabytes; and a gigabyte is 1,024 megabytes…
In 2006, 161 exabytes of digital information were created and copied, continuing an unprecedented period of information growth.
The 2006 digital universe was 161 billion gigabytes (161 exabytes) in size.
Studies forecast the amount of information created and copied in 2010 will surge more than six fold to 988 exabytes, a compound annual growth rate of 57%.
While nearly 70% of the digital universe will be generated by individuals by 2010, organizations will be responsible for the security, privacy, reliability and compliance of at least 85% of the information.
E-mail – The number of e-mail mailboxes has grown from 253 million in 1998 to nearly 1.6 billion in 2006. During the same period, the number of e-mails sent grew three times faster than the number of people e-mailing; in 2006 just the e-mail traffic from one person to another – i.e., excluding spam – accounted for 6 exabytes.
If my calculations are correct a Gigabyte is 15625 Commodore 64’s. So is technology making the world a smaller place or a bigger place?