Wednesday, 07 April 2021 11:49

Seagate claims first to ship ‘over 3 Zettabytes of data storage capacity'


Data solutions and storage company Seagate has announced shipping three zettabytes of hard drive storage capacity, surpassing that milestone in March 2021.

Seagate Technology. Today, the company describes itself as as crafting "the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data storage and management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships."

In business for over 40 years, Seagate says it had previously taken 36 years to ship its first zettabyte in total, and t then took less than another four years to reach a total of two zettabytes shipped, with just over two more years to accomplish "a total of three zettabytes shipped since the company’s founding", with three zettabytes being three billion terabytes.

Seagate also says it the first to achieve 3ZB being shipped  

According to IDC, the sum of data generated globally by 2025 is "set to accelerate exponentially to 175 zettabytes."

Put another way, we're told "more data is created in a single hour now than in an entire year just two decades ago. A self-driving car can produce up to 32 terabytes of data in a single day, per vehicle, and a smart city can generate 2.5 petabytes of data each day", with the infographic embedded below showing more detail.

However, at the same time, Seagate says its "Rethink Data report" that found that, on average, "only 32% of data available to enterprises is being put to work, while the remaining 68% goes unleveraged."

Naturally, Seagate says it’s more critical than ever that "storage devices and infrastructure keep up with the growth of data creation," with the company stating it is "leading with innovations like HAMR which will help it continue to increase the capacities of HDDs and enterprise storage systems long into the future."

Meanwhile, to capture the full potential of data at the zettabyte scale, Seagate also notes it is "innovating with its open standards-based storage systems and software and Lyve edge-to-cloud mass storage platform to help enterprises overcome the cost and complexity of storing, moving, and activating data at scale."

Here is Seagate's infographic with more info:


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