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20 Amazing Facts about Big Data

In this article, I will mention about 20 Amazing facts that we all should know about Big Data.
Submitted by Uma Dasgupta, on November 17, 2018

The source of these facts is from the list of Bernard Marr, one of the Big Data influences and the author of several bestselling books on Big Data.

Fact 1: Every 2 days we create as much information as we did from the beginning of time until 2003.

Fact 2: Over 90% of all the data in the world was created in the past 2 years.

Fact 3: It is expected that 2020 the amount of digital information in existence will have grown from 3.2 zettabytes today to 40 zettabytes.

Fact 4: The total amount of data being captured and stored by industry doubles every 1.2 years.

Fact 5: Every minute we send 204 million emails, generate 1,8 million facebook likes, send 278 thousand tweets and upload 200,000 photos to facebook.

Fact 6: Google alone processes on average over thousand search queries per second, making it over 3.5 billion in a single day.

Facts 7: Around 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute and it would take you around 15 years to watch every video uploaded by users every day.

Fact 8: If you burned all of the data created in just one day onto DVDs, you could stack them on the top of each other and reach the moon twice.

Fact 9: AT and T is thought to hold the world's largest volume of data in one unique database- its phone records database is 312 terabytes in size, and contains almost 2 trillion rows.

Fact 10: 570 new websites spring into existence every minute of everyday.

Fact 11: 1.9 million IT jobs are created in the US by 2015 to carry out Big Data projects. Each of those supported by 3 new jobs created outside of IT meaning a total of 6 million new jobs thanks to big data.

Fact 12: Today's data centres occupy an area of land equal in size to almost 6,000 football fields.

Fact 13: Between them, companies monitoring Twitter to measure "sentiment" analyze 12 terabytes of tweets everyday.

Fact 14: The amount of data transferred over mobile networks increased by 81% to 1.5 exabytes (1.5 billion gigabytes) per month between 2012 and 2014. Video accounts for 53% of that total.

Fact 15: The NSA is thought to analyze 1.6% of all global internet traffic- around 30 petabytes (30 million gigabytes) everyday.

Fact 16: The value of Hadoop market is expected to soar from $2 billion in 2013 to $50 billion by 2020, according to market research firm Allied Market Research.

Fact 17: The number of Bits of information stored in the digital universe is thought to have exceeded the number of stars in the physical universe in 2007.

Fact 18: This year, there will be over 1.2 billion smart phones in the world (which are stuffed full of sensors and data collection features), and the growth is predicted to continue.

Fact 19: The boom of the Internet of things will mean that the amount of devices connected to the Internet will rise from about 13 billion today to 50 billion by 2020.

Fact 20: Big data has been used to predict crimes before they happen – a "predictive policing" trial in California was able to identify areas where crime will occur three times more accurately than existing methods of forecasting.


This article was a bit different from all of my other articles, in this articles I have mentioned about 20 amazing facts that we all should know about Big Data,(from the author of bestselling book "Big Data in Practise" by Bernard Marr). I hope that you all enjoyed by learning all these facts about Big Data. If you have any further queries shoot your questions in the comment section below. See you in my next article till then stay healthy and keep learning.

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