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World's Servers Process 9.57ZB of Data a Year 170

CWmike writes "Three years ago, the world's 27 million business servers processed 9.57 zettabytes, or 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information. Researchers at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the San Diego Supercomputer Center estimate that the total is equivalent to a 5.6-billion-mile-high stack of books stretching from Earth to Neptune and back to Earth, repeated about 20 times. By 2024, business servers worldwide will annually process the digital equivalent of a stack of books extending more than 4.37 light-years to Alpha Centauri, the scientists say. The report, titled 'How Much Information?: 2010 Report on Enterprise Server Information,' (PDF) was released at the SNW conference last month."
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World's Servers Process 9.57ZB of Data a Year

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  • by feedayeen ( 1322473 ) on Monday May 09, 2011 @04:32PM (#36075698)

    That 'pile of books' would get you to Uranus.

    That's good. If each pill can 'double your penis', I'd only take me 46 or so go get there*

    *Citation: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - 1737

  • Better visual (Score:5, Informative)

    by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Monday May 09, 2011 @04:41PM (#36075836)

    Most people cannot imagine the distance to Neptune, so that is a bad visual. Here is a better one:

    9.57ZB is approx 10^22 bytes. A typical laptop HDD can hold a terabyte, so you would need 10^10, to about 10 billion. A laptop HDD is about 3 cubic inches. A standard shipping container (40x8x8 ft^3) would hold about 1.5 million if they were packed tightly. So you would need about 6800 containers. That would be a train about 75 miles long.

    If each byte in 9.57ZB was a water molecule. It would be slightly less than a teaspoon.

  • Who really cares? (Score:4, Informative)

    by LordStormes ( 1749242 ) on Monday May 09, 2011 @04:42PM (#36075844) Homepage Journal

    The vast majority of this data isn't stored. The vast majority of it is streaming porn and Netflix. Why did we pay some "scientist" for 3 years (read the summary, it says "three years ago") to calculate this, so we can all be amused by it on /. for 10 minutes? Part of the reason nobody's working in science anymore is that most of our government- and university-backed science is fluff like this to get your soundbite, rather than stuff that makes a difference in our world. Figure out how to GET to Neptune, not how to stack virtual books that high with 30-second free trials of every porn site in Russia.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan