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This article is part of the Vol. 10 Num. 2 April 2011 issue of Storage magazine
If you thought yottabytes were some kind of snack food, you're in for a rude awakening . . . but right now we've got exabytes to deal with. This just in: Earth knocked off its axis due to weight of 295 exabytes of data! OK, maybe we're just wobbling on our axis a little bit, but that's a heckuva lot of data, and you're going to need an awful lot of disks, chips, tape, paper and anything else that might hold a petabyte here and there to accommodate it all. That number -- 295 exabytes --was reported in an article in Science Express, a journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The authors used some pretty complex computations to come up with that number, which they actually define as the amount of data we were able to store in 2007. Science Express looks like a pretty serious pub -- among the other articles in the same issue were "Tomography of Reaction-Diffusion Microemulsions Reveals Three-Dimensional Turing Patterns" and "Dynamic Control of Chiral Space in a Catalytic Asymmetric Reaction Using...
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