What Happens in an Internet Minute?

What Happens in an Internet Minute?

 

Many have seen the “What Happens in an Internet Minute?” chart, but have you really considered how monumental the change has been in just three years?  These numbers tell us many things about what we are doing, who we are becoming, and what we may be doing in the future.

 

 

Many have seen the “What Happens in an Internet Minute?” chart, but have you really considered how monumental the change has been in just three years?  These numbers tell us many things about what we are doing, who we are becoming, and what we may be doing in the future. In addition, it is very clear that Data Collection, Storage, and Manipulation are increasing at an exponential rate.

Some of these changes are staggering.  In only three years, we are streaming Netflix 10 times as much, YouTube viewership is up nearly 62%, and more than 3.7 billion people use the internet.  We are becoming more Voice-connected.  In 2019, 259,200 Voice activated devices (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.) were shipped per day.  That’s up from 96,480 units shipped per day in 2018.  On average, Google now processes more than 40,000 searches every second, or 3.5 billion per day.

 

We create over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day – that’s 18 Zeros, or better yet, that’s a million trillions in a quintillion. To put it in another way, if we said each byte of data was represented by 1 millisecond, then we are creating the equivalent of 79,274,479 years every single day.  Yet, according to many experts, we analyze and use less that 0.5% of that data collected.

Researchers estimate 50 billion new devices will be connected to the internet in the next two years and 100 billion devices within the next seven years. Current server space of many data center service providers is not enough to handle the complex workload. There has been an emergence of servers embedded with ASICs, FPGAs and GPUs to match the computing required for such workload.

So, what does this mean for those of us that design, install and house the infrastructure required for all of this data?  Such advancements will likely propel the data center IT infrastructure market over the coming years.