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Global DataSphere

The Global DataSphere quantifies and analyzes the amount of data created, captured, and replicated in any given year across the world. It also looks at how much of that data is stored across various storage components (HDD, flash, optical, tape, and memory).


Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • This body of research will measure and forecast the amount of new data created and stored across the globe annually. The research will segment data creation across a number of metrics, including the location of data creation, type, criticality, urgency (i.e., real time versus archive), IoT, structured versus unstructured, and AI related.
  • Further, this service will track the shipments and installed base of storage by five media types (HDD, flash, optical, tape, and memory).

Core Research

  • Worldwide Global DataSphere Forecast
  • Where Data from the Global DataSphere Is Stored
  • IoT and the Global DataSphere
  • Sizing the Data Risk on Devices Across the Globe
  • Global DataSphere Pictured
  • Where in the World Is Storage
  • Where in the World Is Compute

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.


Key Questions Answered

  1. How much data will be created in the world over the next five years?
  2. How much of the data that is created will be stored?
  3. What type of data is growing the fastest/slowest?
  4. How much, and what data, requires security?
  5. What percentage of data that is created and stored is structured versus unstructured?

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Meet the Experts
David Reinsel

Sr. Vice President, Global Datasphere, IoT, Mobility, Security, Consumer, Semiconductors, Telecom, Client Computing and Imaging/Print/Document Solutions

John Rydning

Research Vice President, Hard Disk Drives and Semiconductors