What The Hell Is A Zettabyte?


The internet has been abuzz about the new facility being built in Bluffdale, Utah.

It will be a Data storage center for The NSA.

It has been reported that the facility will be able to ‘accumalate’ (and store) 5 Zettabytes of information.

I had no idea of what or how much information was in a Zettabyte so … I went looking!

This is some of what I found:

As of 2009, the entire World Wide Web was estimated to contain close to 500 exabytes. This is one half zettabyte.

A Zettabyte is roughly equal to 250 billion DVDs or 36 million years of HD video

1 million times the contents of the world’s largest library or 1 billion terabytes.
(That’s another story)

A better idea of the Zettabyte: On Google’s how search works feature, the company boasts how their index is well over 100,000,000 gigabytes. That’s 100,000 terabytes!

So figure that there are 1,073,741,824 (that’s over one billion) terabytes in a Zeattabyte and … Well, Even Google has a lot of catching up to do!

According to The Guardian, the term had to be created due to the fact that the total amount of digital content in the world grew by 62 percent last year to a total of 800,000 Petabytes, or 0.8 ZBs.

As one description I read described it, it is enough information to fill 75 billion iPads … not that there are even that many iPads in the world!

That many ipads stacked one upon another would reach beyond the moon!

I’ve been talking about this Data Mining/Storage center … now take a look at it here: Pictures of the NSA’s Utah Data Center - Business Insider

Take a gander at those A/C units!


Remember when mega bytes used to be big?


They’re actually in multiples of 1024, or 2[SUP]10[/SUP] since the sizes are based in binary. So

1 byte = 8 bits = 2[SUP]3[/SUP] bits = 0x100 bits
1 kB = 1024 bytes = 2[SUP]10[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 bytes
1 MB = 1024 kB = 2[SUP]20[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 kB = 1,048,576 bytes
1 GB = 1024 MB = 2[SUP]30[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 MB = 1,073,741,824 bytes
1 TB = 1024 GB = 2[SUP]40[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 GB = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes
1 PB = 1024 TB = 2[SUP]50[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 TB = 1,125,899,906,842,624 bytes
1 EB = 1024 PB = 2[SUP]60[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 PB = 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes
1 ZB = 1024 EB = 2[SUP]70[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 EB = 1,180,591,620,717,411,303,424 bytes
1 YB = 1024 ZB = 2[SUP]80[/SUP] bytes = 0x1000000000 ZB = 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 bytes

Once you get up to monstrous levels, there’s a 20% difference between the decimal prefixes using 1000 and the binary prefixes using 1024.

Best guesses put the “storage capacity” of the human brain around something like 100 TB.


The most powerful computer the world has ever known.

That machine, the Titan Supercomputer, is capable of churning through more than 20,000 trillion calculations each second or 20 petaflops. (1 petaflop = 1 quadrillion instructions per second).

(Anyone ever say that The Anti-Christ ‘had’ to be human?):devil:


What I wanna know is … can I get one of these pc’s and will it fit on my desktop?:biggrin:


And yet Internet Explorer still runs slow on it.


[quote=“JoCoLa, post:6, topic:39756”]
And yet Internet Explorer still runs slow on it.
[/quote]Microsuck is so awesome!