This is an all to common, and unfortunate, occurrence. So long as Excel dominates, this is the reality with which we will have to live. Ultimately, it’s the user needing to do advanced or in depth Analytics that loses.
This infographic was created by the online, cloud backup provider, Mozy. This graphic compares and contrasts the size and capacity of physical storage mediums that have been used in the past with the digital mediums being used today. It opens with the following narrative:
Recording information is an inherent part of our humanity. As we evolve, we create more efficient means of storing this information. Since the creation of computers, we have greatly increased our ability to store and access large quantities of information.
This is then followed by the example of the storage of audio— music specifically. The original recording medium, a way cylinder would hold at the most, 2 minutes of audio and had a fairly inconvenient (by today’s standards to be sure) size to capacity ratio. Also shown are the 10in 78 rpm record with a 6 minute capacity (3 minutes per side), the 12 in LP with a capacity of 44 minutes, 46 minute 8-Track tape, 60 to 90 minute cassette tapes and finally, the 80 minute CD. These items are shown on contrast to the original iPod by Apple, which, with its 5 GB capacity, held a whopping 117 hours of audio and the more current 120 GB version which holds more than 83 days of audio! Movies, photos and books are examined in turn, each showing as dramatic an evolution as the previous.
Diverse Technology Solutions, a provider of cloud hosting, managed IT services and technology consulting, produced the following infographic which shows, as it’s titled, the size and scope of the World Wide Web (WWW).
Online vs ‘Real’ Population
At the top of the graphic, we are called attention to maps of the US and China. The accompanying text notes that as of December 31, 2011 there were 2.25 billion (yes, that’s with a ‘B’) people across the world who use the WWW. The maps of China and the US are there to highlight the size of this ‘online population’ by pointing out that this tremendous number of people is seven times (7X) the size of the population of the US and is two times (2X) the population of China.
Big and Getting Bigger
The text goes on to point out that in the year 2000, there were a meager 360,000,000 (360 million) regular WWW users. Extrapolating from the year 2000 to 2012 to 2022, if the growth trend remains (and all evidence shows that if anything, it is accelerating!), those who count themselves to be part of the ‘online population’ will be near 4.6 billion, or almost 60% of the entire world’s population. These are large numbers indeed! The amount of data resident in the WWW, number of wireless connections and the amount of electricity used are explored in following sections of the infographic. Enjoy!