Is it inevitable that the internet will eventually run out of storage space?
Well, to answer that, we have to ask the impossible question of how much data makes up the entire internet? Think about it; every minute that goes by, more than 500 hours of YouTube content is uploaded! So, therefore, it will take you 82 years to watch all the uploaded content on YouTube from a single day! And YouTube is just one site!
The entire internet is estimated to consist of around 2,000 exabytes or two billion terabytes. But, on top of that, globally, the internet capacity increases by 2.5 million terabytes each and every day.
But the internet is facing a bit of a problem. The trend today is for users not to store their data on physical storage drives, but rather onto the cloud. It is predicted that by the year 2025, a mere four years from now, the internet capacity will consist of 160,000 exabytes or 160 billion terabytes!
There are two solutions which are currently being explored, one is more investment into research and development for far higher capacity hard drives such as Seagate's new 100 terabyte drive, and the second is implementing new algorithms into data houses to help compress data.
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