Before you sit down and dive into this amazing blog… take a second and look at your surroundings. Just in your field of vision, how many connected devices do you see? I’m willing to bet that it’s at least 3-4. And do you know what all of those devices have in common? Data. They’re all generating data.
But, here’s the biggest point to take away as you navigate the world of information: Data is Not Created Equally – Know Your Source
There’s lots of different data points and creation mechanisms. To that extent, let’s start with Embedded Data. IDC’s report tells us that by 2025, embedded data will constitute nearly 20% of all data created — three quarters the size of productivity data and closing fast. To clarify, embedded data, could come from a number of origin points including, wearable devices, IoT, cars, building automation, machine tools, RFID readers, chip cards, and so much more.
According to the report, the embedding of computing power in a large number of endpoint devices has become a key contributor to data growth in our present era. Today, the number of embedded system devices feeding into datacenters is less than one per person globally, and over the next 10 years, that number will increase to more than four per person. While data from embedded systems tends to be very efficient compared with data from entertainment and other consumer usage, the number of files generated will be very large, measuring in the quintillions per year. All these embedded devices creating data fuel the growth and value of Big Data applications and metadata.
For example, let’s say you’re a content provider. You’d want to analyze the meta data of this source to better understand usage, latency, satisfaction, and even where to introduce new services.
This also means, as a data center operator, you have to be very careful around storage and data processing. If this is your line of business, be sure to plan accordingly.
Next, we have productivity data. As mentioned earlier, embedded data will constitute nearly 20% of all data created — three quarters the size of productivity data. Productivity data comes from a set of traditional computing platforms such as PCs, servers, phones, and tablets. Remember, this information will also continue to rise as we become much more mobile. To that extent, by 2025, connected users will number 75% of the world’s population, including previously unconnected groups like young children, the elderly, and people in emerging markets. The growth of real-time data that’s generated from all of these data points will cause a shift in the type of digital storage needed in the future. Furthermore, it’ll heighten the focus on low-latency responsiveness from enterprise edge storage solutions and offerings.
IDC estimates that the percentage of data in the datasphere that is processed, stored, or delivered by public cloud datacenters will nearly double to 26% from 2016 to 2025. Such clouds will process, store, or deliver not just IT services but also entertainment, grid telemetry, and telecommunications.
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