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March 06, 2007



I doubt those figures. There is way too much double counting and bloat-up going on. Everytime someone forwards a funny e-mail with a jpg, it's saved onto hundreds of PC's and servers. When you create an almost blank Word document, that takes up a meg or more. One site I know of has over 50TB of storage and guess what, it's 30 copies of a single 400GB database, plus lots of logs, backups and just-in-case-we-need-it dumps. To me that's a 400GB database not a 50TB storage requirement.

Chuck Hollis

I think you bring up some good points.

First, I would agree that there's lots of inadequate information management by many, many of people. I know I fall into that category.

More importantly, the study looked at the amount of information we as a society generated, not what we actually attempted to store and manage.

The first number is much larger than the second.

Even if you look at the IDC study's numbers with a healthy bit of skepticism, it's very very hard to deny the underlying trends, at least as I see them:

1 -- our society is rapidly being transformed into an information economy

2 -- this is causing the creation of a mind-boggling amount of information that is growing at a near-exponential rate

3 -- in addition to the usual technology concerns, this raises important issues in both our society and the business world around us

4 -- IT thinkers have a role to play in helping all of us come to terms with the digital big bang.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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