Hard drive giant Seagate has confirmed that it is the first company to ship three zettabytes (3,000,000,000 terabytes) of data. As the company boasted on its enterprise blog, this amount of storage is enough to hold as many as 30 billion 4K movies and 60 billion video games. What’s really interesting is that it took Seagate 36 years since its founding to ship its first zettabyte, but only 4 years and 2 years to hit the two zettabyte and three zettabyte marks, respectively. According to a lengthy infographic shared by the company, the amount of 10 TB Exos drives required to fill three zettabytes (300,000,000) would be more than enough to circle the Earth.
International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated last year in Seagate’s Rethink Data report that the sum of data generated globally by 2025 is set to accelerate exponentially to 175 zettabytes — that’s 58 times all the storage Seagate has shipped to date! Put another way, more data is created in a single hour now than in an entire year just two decades ago. Did you know 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.