What simply occurred? Seagate has introduced that since being founded in 1979, it has shipped three zettabytes of onerous drive storage capability—the primary knowledge storage firm to succeed in the milestone. Illustrating drive expertise’s development is the very fact Seagate took 36 years to ship 1 zettabyte in complete, then lower than 4 years to hit 2 zettabytes, adopted by simply two extra years to go 3 zettabytes.
Three zettabytes is, of course, rather a lot of drive area: one 1ZB is 1,000 exabytes; 1EB is 1,000 petabytes; 1PB is 1,000 terabytes. Seagate notes that the quantity of storage it has shipped might maintain 7.5 trillion MP3 songs, round 60 billion video video games, and 30 billion 4K motion pictures (try the infographic beneath).
If you marvel what three zettabytes would appear like in drive kind, it is the equal of 300 million 10TB onerous drives. Packing all of it onto Seagate’s 147mm Exos 10TB HDDs and putting them end-to-end, they’d attain 27,402 miles—greater than sufficient to circle your complete earth.
The quantity of storage being required by the world is rising exponentially. It’s anticipated to succeed in 175 zettabytes by 2025, 58 instances all of the storage capability Seagate has shipped. The firm notes that extra knowledge is created in a single hour at present than in a whole yr simply 20 years in the past.
Today’s trendy world requires knowledge storage capacities that had been unimaginable prior to now. Cloud storage companies, large knowledge facilities, and scientific analysis produce petabytes of knowledge. Smart cities, for instance, generate 2.5PB per day, whereas autonomous automobiles are answerable for up 32TB per day. With extra of the world going digital, demand will preserve rising, which is why Seagate goals to have a 100TB onerous drive by 2030.
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