Digital data explosion 'will test IT departments'

The explosion of digital data media boosted by the growth of user interactions with websites will stretch organisation’s IT departments, new research has found.

The explosion of digital data media boosted by the growth of user interactions with websites will stretch organisation’s IT departments, new research has found.

Expanding Digital Universe: A Forecast of Worldwide Information Growth Through 2010, published by analyst firm IDC, has found that 161 exabytes (billions of gigabytes) of information was created last year alone.

Although, individuals will generate nearly 70% of this digital content, organisations will be responsible for the security, privacy, reliability and compliance of at least 85% of the data, calling into question future storage and data retention plans.

John Gantz, IDC chief research officer and senior vice president, said, “Organisations will need to employ ever-more sophisticated techniques to transport, store, secure and replicate the additional information that is being generated every day.”
 
The findings of the EMC-sponsored research also predict a six-fold annual increase in information created between 2006 and 2010, surging more than six-fold to 988 exabytes to create a compound annual growth rate of 57% at the end of this period.

The report also estimates that today less than 10% of organisational information is “classified,” or ranked according to value.

IDC expects the amount of classified data to grow more than 50% a year. This is, it says, because of broadband-speed internet and its accelerated adoption across the world, but particularly in emerging economies, which will grow the amount of media, video, e-mails and instant messages created and that will need to be stored.

 “This ever-growing mass of information is putting a considerable strain on the IT infrastructures we have in place today,” said Mark Lewis, EMC executive vice president and chief development officer.

“This explosive growth will change the way organisations and IT professionals do their jobs, and the way we consumers use information.”

Buzz builds around data reduction


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