Research firm: Over 1 exabyte of data is now stored in the cloud

Just how much data is actually stored in the cloud? According to a new report from the research firm Nasumi, there is currently over one exabyte worth of files that are currently stored among the many cloud services. Just how much is that? An exabyte is 1,073,741,824 GB. So, In other words: a lot.

Nasuni has also posted an infographic on the state of the cloud service business in 2013 with lots of interesting cloud stats. For example, over 75 percent of the files stored in the cloud are less than 10 MB in size.

Microsoft competes with Amazon and others in the cloud service industry, with Microsoft offering Windows Azure and Amazon with its Amazon Web Services. Today, Nasuni named Windows Azure as the top cloud service provider. The achievement is even more interesting because Nasumi named Amazon Web Services as the number one service operating in the industry in 2012. However, the report stated its reasons for naming Windows Azure as the winner in 2013:

Across three primary tests (performance, scalability and stability), Microsoft emerged as a top performer in every category. Even though Azure has not been in the market as long as S3 and does not have nearly the same volume of storage under management, it is clear that Microsoft’s investments in Azure are starting to pay dividends and that the technology they are providing to the market is second to none.

The report added that Windows Azure had the best Write/Read/Delete speeds compared to the other cloud operators and was the only one that had zero errors during Nasumi's performance test for 100 million reads and writes.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Nasumi

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The only thing I use any "cloud" service for is to backup some music, there's no way I would ever trust any personal info with any of these greedy and dishonest corporations like microsoft, google, apple or any of the others.
Plus, how many times have we read an article where "_____ cloud services are down", so if you have personal info stored somewhere and you NEED IT NOW you are screwed.

Order_66 said,
The only thing I use any "cloud" service for is to backup some music, there's no way I would ever trust any personal info with any of these greedy and dishonest corporations like microsoft, google, apple or any of the others.
Plus, how many times have we read an article where "_____ cloud services are down", so if you have personal info stored somewhere and you NEED IT NOW you are screwed.

personal info like what? dude stop acting like your "personal info" is nothing more than a 100MB zip file.

My personal info is the last 10 years of my life.

It also fits in a 100MB 7z file.

I should look into encryption, hum.

I'VE SAID TOO MUCH!

If you guys want a cool read with a lot of amazing facts like this, check out "The Human Face of Big Data". You'll get a lot great tidbits including the fact that we produce 5 exabytes of data every 2 days, which is the same amount of data produces by the human race from the dawn of time until 2003. It's a really cool book. It's also very illuminated about what can be done with all that data, good and bad.

Availability, from 1 nov 2012 to 31 nov 2012, tested in seconds, and showing MS as the champion!.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics
:-|

Also, the percentage of write errors is absurdly high. For example : 0.0099%, for 1gb it means 99kb. And, for a cloud, 1gb is pretty much nothing. Some cloud easily moves 1 tera or more per month.

Microsoft's SLA = 99.9
Amazon's SLA = 99.9
HP's SLA= 99.95

99.9 means an offline of half a day every year, while 99.95 means an offline of 3 hours x year.

And, where is the price factor?. For cloud, the price factor is important because it is possible increase the uptime adding more machines. For example, if 1 server has a uptime of 99.9, 2 machine (in different location) could have a uptime of 99.999

Edited by Brony, Feb 20 2013, 10:07am :

Once they are able to get enough storage on the cloud...then they shut off all access to the cloud and sends a simple message saying...

Sorry folks...but all information has now become property of the Chinese Government. Have a nice day.

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