#eWEEKchat April 10: How Will We Be Storing Big Data?

JOIN US: This is a chat-based conversation about how we realistically are going to be storing our business and personal data in places where it will be safe and accessible for years to come. Can the cloud handle all of this? Doubtful.


On Wednesday, April 10, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be " How Will We Be Storing Big Data?" It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK's editor in chief.

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Topic: "How Will We Be Storing Big Data?"

Date/time: April 10, 2019 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT

Hosted by: @eWEEKNews

Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz

Tweetchat handle: You can use #eWEEKChat to follow/participate via Twitter itself, but it's easier and more efficient to use the real-time chat room link at CrowdChat. Instructions are on that page.

Enterprises are Finding Out They Really Need Help

If you believe what some of the big-data experts are predicting, 2019 could well become a year that will bring renewed interest in data lakes, of all things. Private clouds, too, may be making a comeback.

Analysts are positing that the amount of the world’s data doubles itself every two years. That’s akin to Moore’s law, which stated that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years. But when it comes to actual data bytes, we’re talking exabytes of data every two years. Wonder what an exabyte is? That would be equivalent to 1 billion gigabytes, and a gigabyte is already a lot of data.

We have more devices and machines collecting data for us than we have in history. The amount of data we produce every day is truly mind-boggling. There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day at our current pace, but that pace is only accelerating with the growth of the internet of things (IoT). Over the last two years alone 90 percent of the data in the world was generated.

So where are we going to put all that data? We’re certainly not going to be able to keep it all on our smartphones, hard drives or personal storage devices—although the latter are relatively inexpensive and easy to use.

We’re keeping more and more of our documents, photos, videos and odds and ends in a cloud of some sort, whether it’s AWS, iCloud, Google Cloud, Azure, Oracle Cloud, Rackspace or some other cloud provider. We’re also maintaining a lot of personal data in specific applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and Google. These  cloud-service providers are bulging at the seams with data, as you might imagine.

So what’s going to be the future of data storage? Can this continue on as is, or are we going to need some innovation we have yet to understand? Can we actually rely on cloud storage for everything, going forward?

We’re betting that there is something new on the horizon that will eventually rescue the storage industry from drowning in its own data.

Let’s discuss all of this April 10 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern on #eWEEKchat.

#eWEEKchat 2019 Schedule: All Tweetchats start at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET
April 10:  How Will We Be Storing Big Data?
May 8:  The Status of DevOps and Agile Development in 2019
June 12: New Trends and Services in Network-Centric Security
July 10:  How to Plan a New Data Center Development
Aug. 14: Is Low- and No-Code Application Development Still Trendy?
Sept. 11:  TBA
Oct. 9: New Mobile Apps, Devices We Can Expect This Christmas
Nov. 13:  New Tools for Enterprise Collaboration
Dec. 11: Predictions and Wild Guesses for IT in 2020

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 15 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...