Welcome to the Data Era

If I told you that one of the biggest data centers in the world was 6.3 million sq. ft, you’d probably say, “That sounds big.” But if I told you it was the equivalent of nearly 110 football pitches, you’d say, “Wow, that’s enormous!” 
In IT, numbers are so big nowadays, we can’t wrap our heads around them. Check this out: by 2025, IDC says, we expect the amount of data worldwide to hit 175 zettabytes (ZB). That sounds like a lot, right? even if you don´t know what a zettabyte is. Now read this quote, “If one were able to store 175 ZBs onto Blu-ray discs, then you’d have a stack of discs that can get you to the moon 23 times.” Get the picture?
The data era is well and truly upon us. Here are some other gems from IDC:
  • 90 ZBs of data will be created on IoT devices by 2025.
  • 49% of data will be in public cloud environments.
  • Nearly 30% of the data generated will be consumed in real time by 2025.
Time to hit the emergency button?
Should these figures be a warning? Sometimes it’s hard to know. They sound so crazy, we think we won’t cope. Yet, this data explosion is possibly the greatest opportunity humankind has ever had.  
Among those ZBs is data that could unlock cures for some of the world’s most serious diseases and most pressing climate problems. On a smaller scale, among those zettabytes could be the answer to an unprofitable company becoming a profitable one and a dissatisfied, unproductive employee becoming a productive one who looks forward to work and developing his or her career. 
Take it easy—one step at a time
Many companies’ primary concern is going to be keeping up with the explosion. The priorities will be storing the rapidly growing data, and keeping it secure, accessible and manageable. How they do this will require digital transformation to exploit their data capital. 
Transformation starts with modernizing the data centre. Next, enabling integration with private and public clouds, while also being able to process and store data at the network edge. At the same time, it’s also building applications that can access the data that’s going to open the exciting possibilities sitting there. Fantastic. Feels like job done.
But no. Why? Because not only is IT changing, but we’re changing too. Fewer of us want to sit in an office all day. More of us see work as something that fits in with a wide range of life-enhancing activities. As Pat Gelsinger, CEO at VMware, said at Dell Technologies World:
  • 81% of the workforce engages in work outside of the office.
  • 76% work in two or more places regularly
Digital transformation is going on all around us, not just in the office. And we need to account for that with an increasingly broad range of technologies. Simplifying that transformation process is going to be key for all of us, as will be working with experts to guide us along the journey. 


About the Author

David Angwin

David Angwin, Marketing Director, Dell Technologies. David is a leading spokesperson on end-user computing technologies including cloud, mobility and virtualization. Through roles for software, hardware and services companies he has focused on technology solutions for workforce transformation across global markets. Building on his technical background, he has lead global product management and marketing teams and has always looked for how technology can enable business, social and environmental benefits.

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