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That’s a “Hellabyte” of Big Data

Chew on this: The world’s information doubles every 2 years. 1.8 Zettabytes of information was created in 2011 and it is estimated that by 2015 there will be about 8 Zettabytes of information. This means that by 2018, there will be a demand for about 440k – 490k Data Scientists in the U.S. alone. This also means that the Big Data market is on the rise and massive amounts of data are coming at us from every angle, every second of the day. Big Data is not just a big buzzword anymore – it is the next big thing needed for success within multiple enterprises and industries, meaning key players need to be familiar with the correct terminology in order to know what is being discussed.

Many of you might be wondering, “What is a Zettabyte of information?” Good question – A Zettabyte refers to a multiple for the unit byte in terms of digital information. For example, 1.8 Zettabytes is equivalent to every person in America tweeting about 3 times each minute for 27,000 years – now that’s a lot of information! Now, imagine that 1.8 Zettabytes of information was created in 2011. How will the world be able to deal with such massive amounts of data in the future? New technology and data experts will certainly be needed to handle this data attack, also meaning that terminology is highly crucial in terms of speaking the same language.

BIG Data Revolution

Other Big Data terms being used include: “yottabyte” – a whopping 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes! There are also “megabytes” which is 1,048,576 bytes, otherwise known as one million bytes of information. Throw “petabyte” and “pebibyte” into the mix and you get even more related unit bytes of digital information. A petabyte refers to 1015 bytes of digital information. For example, AT&T transfers about 30 petabytes of data through its networks each day and since 2013, one petabyte has become enough to store the DNA of the entire American population (with cloning it twice).  Now that’s one “hellabyte” of Big Data!

New Big Data terms are also coming into play for describing the massive amounts of volume created by data today. Data Scientists have realized that terms are needed to describe data sets exceeding thousands or millions of yottabytes. This is where Wikipedia’s unofficial prefixes section comes into play – the term “hellabyte” actually came from here (it was meant to describe a thousand yottabytes of information, but was never legitimized though).

How does all of this hellabyte of Big Data terminology relate to SQream Technologies? At SQream Technologies we currently support several terrabytes of data and we plan to expand this to petabytes and so forth. Data terminology is extremely important for us here at SQream Technologies because we need to relate our capabilities to our customers within the Big Data market. And, intelligent conversations using correct terminology is always a plus, for both the producers and the consumers!

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