Humans and computers generated more than 64 zettabytes of data in 2020: it is the equivalent of 6.4 trillion gigabytes - more images or videos than the average person takes in their lifetime anyway.
Datacenternews poses the question: Where is all that data stored?
IDC Global DataSphere senior vice president Dave Reinsel says that the impact of data generation from 2020 will be felt for several years - and the important takeaway is that storage is going to be a major issue. Storage facilities will not keep up with global data creation and replication (with enterprise data growing twice as fast as consumer data). The world is saving less data than it creates.
IDC says it is important to store data for three reasons: Digital resiliency, innovation, and employee and customer satistfaction.
"Organisations should consider preparing now to store more data as they seek to achieve digital transformation milestones and improve business metrics by accelerating innovative data analytics initiatives", said the IDC Global DataSphere research vice president John Rydning.