The Future of Cloud Storage

I have written often about the advantages and disadvantages of file storage in the cloud. (See for a lengthy list of my past articles.) Now BackBlaze, one of the major providers of file space in the cloud, has published an article with an infographic showing how popular cloud file storage services have become and also makes some predictions.

Amongst the facts mentioned:

Backblaze-History-Growth-of-the_iPhone-iCloud_WF_Dec03_AMore than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being created DAILY in the cloud. That is 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. Yes, file storage in the cloud is very popular!

90% of the world’s data was created within the past 2 years.

By the year 2020, experts expect that 1.7 megabytes of data will be created EVERY SECOND for each person on the planet.

By the year 2020, a third of all data will pass through the cloud.

70 million smartphones are lost annually and only 7% of them are ever recovered. The assumption is that data on those unrecovered smartphones is lost forever if they are not backed up to the cloud or elsewhere.

OK, here is perhaps the most shocking statistic of all: 24% of all computer owners HAVE NEVER BACKED UP THEIR COMPUTER(S)!

How safe is your data?

Click on the image to the right to view a larger version on the BackBlaze web site.

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