How Much Data Do You Generate?

Have you ever thought about how much data is generated for consumption on the internet? To be honest, I have a hard time comprehending these numbers: Try 988 billion Gigabytes of digital information, all created by the end of 2010. This includes user-generated content by some "1.6 billion internet users." (See "How much data do we generate?". Also check out the running counter here).

In addition to the digital content that we generate for consumption on the web, consider all of the data that is generated for science, engineering, finance ... and so forth. For example, according to an InformationWeek article, research at CERN's new Hadron Collider will produce "roughly 15 million Gigabytes of data annually." Think about the implications for storage and bandwidth. It's amazing.


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