2.5 quintillion bytes of data — that’s the amount of data estimated by some to be created every day.
Yes, that is 2,500,000,000,000,000,000. Every day.
To put that number into perspective, the length of 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion), $1 bills laid end to end measures approximately 96,906,656 miles. This would exceed the distance from the earth to the sun. A quintillion is equal to one million trillion. That is a long line of dollar bills!
While a mind-boggling number, it is estimated that due to the internet of things, this amount of data created will continue to grow. It is amazing how this data is created. According to Forbes.com, more than 3.7 billion humans use the internet every day. On average, Google processes more than 40,000 searches every second, which translates to 3.5 billion searches each day. Further, every minute of the day, Snapchat users share more than 500,000 photos.
In short, the amount of data we are creating is hard to fathom.
That said, this data has to go somewhere, and it is usually stored by companies. While Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook are the social media giants that people typically look at as the big creators and holders of data, many companies are creating and storing data.
For example, automated parking garages regularly keep logs of when someone enters a garage and exits. They also take pictures of license plates and, sometimes, drivers of the car as well. With home security services, cameras are used that have data creation and storage associated. In terms of our purchases, what was bought when and other buying habits are recorded by retail stores.
All of this data contributes to the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created every day.
For the most part, companies are trying to be diligent about how they handle data. However, the sheer volume demands that special attention be paid to it by companies and individuals.