The Digital Universe Decade – Are You Ready?
The digital universe continued its skyrocketing growth even during a severe global economic downturn: The creation and replication of new digital information set a record in 2009 by growing to 800 billion gigabytes, 62 percent over the previous year. People continue to take pictures, send e-mail, blog, and post videos. Companies are still adding to their data warehouses. Governments are still requiring more information be kept. And that’s only the beginning of what’s to come. The expansion of the digital universe is expected to gain further momentum over the next decade, increasing 44-fold to 35 trillion gigabytes by the year 2020. IDC looks at the trends and challenges of managing the explosive growth of information in this digital universe decade. Are you ready?