Many of us never pause to consider what that means, but data is growing exponentially — with no end in sight.
There are already more than a billion cellphones in the world, emitting 18 exabytes 1 billion gigabytes of data every month.
And while interesting advances are being made in data storage on DNA molecules, for now, realistic data storage options are still a little less sci-fi sounding.
Here are four viable solutions to our storage capacity woes.
The hybrid cloud
We all understand the concept of the cloud.
The refrigerator-sized box can store up to 16 petabytes of data, and co-founder John Hayes believes that amount can be doubled by 2017.