Amount of Data Created

2002: 5 exabytes1 (5 billion GB of data or 0.005 zettabytes)
2010: 1.2 zettabytes2
2012: 2.7 zettabytes3
2013: 4.4 zettabytes4
2016: 16.1 zettabytes5
2020: 44 zettabytes6 (40 trillion GB of data or 5,200 GB of data6 for every person on Earth)
2025: 163 zettabytes7

Resources

  1. “How Much Information?,” Berkeley
  2. “,” Dell EMC
  3. “The GovLab Index: The Data Universe,” The GovLab
  4. “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things,” IDC
  5. “Data Age 2025: The Evolution of Data to Life-Critical,” Seagate
  6. “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things,” IDC
  7. “Data Age 2025: The Evolution of Data to Life-Critical,” Seagate