An IDC study sponsored by EMC has shown that the world’s information is more than doubling every two years, with 1.8 zettabytes to be created and replicated this year. According to the study, titled “Digital Universe”, massive server, data management and file growth are not keeping pace with staffing. IDC predicts that over the next decade, IT departments will experience ten times the number of servers (both virtual and physical) and 50 times the amount of information to be managed but only 1.5 times the number of IT professionals available to manage it all.
“The chaotic volume of information that continues growing relentlessly presents an endless amount of opportunity—driving transformational societal, technological, scientific, and economic changes,” says Jeremy Burton, chief marketing officer, EMC Corporation
The study also found that, since 2005, annual enterprise investments in “the digital universe” (cloud, hardware, software, services, and staff) have increased by 50 percent to US$4 trillion worldwide.
IDC estimates that, by 2015, nearly 20 percent of the information will be “touched” by cloud computing service providers.
The study also draws attention to the fact that less than one third of the information in the digital universe can be said to have at least minimal security or protection and only about half of the information that should be protected is, in fact, protected.
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