Compare it to some of the devices that you might have. An entry-level iPhone comes with 8GB of storage, meaning you’d need to network 128 of them together in order to store one terabyte of data. Or, to take it further, you’d need over 11.5 million iPhones to store the amount of data currently under Mozy’s management. That’s the entire population of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (and another 1.5m people) buying an iPhone and joining their storage together.
Or compare it to the number of files that you could store using that much capacity. 90PB of storage would enable you to save the content of well over 8 trillion SMS text messages. Sending a million text messages per second (which is fast texting even for a teenager!) it would take nearly 100 years to fill the space.
But, in reality we really do send that number of messages. In the US alone, 2 trillion text messages are sent every year. Most are deleted almost immediately, of course, but many are saved and the amount of data that’s being generated keeps growing.
The best way to protect your growing stash of data is to find an automatic solution for backup, like Mozy, that systematically checks for new files on your computer that meet your backup criteria and copies them securely to the cloud.
Next time: More on securing big data