Tuesday, June 01, 2010

What's that buzzing sound?

The sheer volume, speed, and types of data being uploaded to the Internet every day continues to grow exponentially. You can't hear it, but if you could, the sound might well be deafening.

According to The New York Times, Melissa Mayer, Google VP said, "... there were 5 exabytes of data online in 2002, which had risen to 281 exabytes in 2009. That's a growth rate of 56x over 7 years. Partly, she said, this has been the result of people uploading more data. Mayer said that the average person uploads 15 times more data today (in 2009) than they did just 3 years ago."

Author Richard MacManus writes of the coming data explosion, "We don't know yet which computing or Internet companies will be most successful over the next 5-10 years, but one thing is for sure. They'll have to know how to process and make sense of massive quantities of data flowing through the Web - and do it in real-time." Read the article.




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