The BizTech blog says:
It's official: There's too much information. . . .
Weâ€™ve hit information overload: The amount of data people create now exceeds the amount of space available to store them.
People sent emails, took digital pictures, processed credit cards and generally did things that collectively created 281 exabytes of data by the end 2007, according to the research company IDC.
We also laughed when we read this:
(â€œExabyteâ€ sounds made up, but itâ€™s a real term meaning 1,000,000,000,000 megabytes.)
Also from the BizTech blog today: IBM is intensifying its cloud computing efforts. It's bypassing corporate IT departments and going right to the business units, in effect cutting out the inefficient and entrenched middle man, but not the middle man you'd think.
Rod Smith, an IBM vice president, says heâ€™s starting to sell his â€œmashupâ€ software, which makes it possible to combine data from multiple systems, directly to workers. . . .
. . . on a sliding scale where the traditional approach of setting up sales meetings with the head of IT is a â€œ1â€ and the Google model is a â€œ10,â€ Smith says his group is now a â€œ7.â€
Bottom line: The network is the computer. And we need more bandwidth.