There’s a lot of bytes in a yottabyte

News comes that the NSA in the United States is in the process of building a new data storage facility in Utah. Not just any facility – one capable of storing “yottabytes of surveillance data”.

DataCentre A yottabite is about 1,000,000,000,000,000 Gigabytes of data.

They put it in perspective over at Erictric:

A typical modern computer hard disk drive is capable of storing into the lower hundreds of gigabytes. To put this in perspective, if you were to download a yottabyte with a standard 10 Mbps cable connection, it would take longer than your entire life — and that of your children, and grandchildren.

So, what kind of information might that be?  Well,

The amount of data … is that which is more than all computers in the entire world combined — thousands of times over.

Perhaps that's a clue.

Again, as they put it over at Erictric, it's time to stop wondering if Big Brother might be watching you – with this sort of capacity, it's highly unlikely Big Brother isn't watching you.

By Alex Deane