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Exploring The Universe Of Big Data [Infographic]

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Like the universe itself, Big Data is expanding. And as with space exploration, the more technology we point at data, the more we discover.

Since 1992, there have been 755 planets discovered that orbit their very own stars (extrasolar planets). Furthermore, NASA suspects there are a few thousand more lurking in the data from the Kepler Mission that they haven’t yet been able to analyze.

More than 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated since the Kepler mission was launched in 2009. In fact, most of it’s been created within just the last few years.

There is so much data today that scientists are already worried about running out of words to describe it beyond the yottabye. To put that number in perspective, imagine the state of Delaware filled with terabyte hard drives. That’s 1 yottabyte.

Of course, the analogy between space exploration and pushing into the frontiers of the data cosmos isn’t perfect. For one thing, those extrasolar planets existed long before we found a way to identify them. Meanwhile, we never had these massive data streams until the Internet and the age of web-scale computing came along.

But there’s no denying that planets of data keep appearing, whether we like it or not. Thankfully, the discussion around Big Data is moving from hype to operational, from the space-race mentality of the boundless frontier to the human-centric discussion of how to make it pay dividends.

In the infographic below, we’ve visualized some of the biggest—and most intriguing—sources of data, some from our own customers. From the human brain to exercise data on MapMyFitness, from the amount of email spam in our global inbox to the data gathered from CERN’s particle collisions.


About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Dominic Smith.

Dominic Smith is a writer and content strategist. Before joining Rackspace Marketing, he worked for many years as a technical writer and freelance copywriter, covering software, innovation and customer success stories for companies big and small, from startups to the Fortune 100. He also moonlights as a novelist and has taught writing at several universities, including Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.


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3 Comments

Kepler was not launched in 1992. It was launched on March 6, 2009.

avatar SentientHunter on March 6, 2014 | Reply

Thank you for pointing that out, SentientHunter. We’ve updated to correct the error.

-Andrew

avatar AndrewRHickey on March 7, 2014 | Reply

Big data – The Analytic Perspective A work in Progress by
Dr. Joseph Aluya and Dr. Ossian Garraway at http://jofdt.com/blog.php?blPid=55

avatar Dr. Joseph Aluya on March 17, 2014 | Reply

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