Search becoming bigger than email

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Search becoming bigger than email

The mass of digital data will grow another 20 exabytes (20 billion gigabytes) this year says market analyst Deloitte.

Digital photography alone could create 100 petabytes, reflecting digital data’s move to mobile phones, digital cameras and personal video records, as well as PCs.

This fast growth is making it more time consuming and costly for people to index their own private and business data manually. Deloitte’s report warns that “digital data’s value will likely decay” unless some order is brought to it.

But there will be few solutions from technology suppliers in 2006. Search will stay text-based (rather than searching for a sound or symbol) and rely on expertise in Boolean logic.

Greater functionality and faster connectivity are also contributing to search’s stellar growth, finds the report.


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