If you are from the generation familiar with the terms Megabyte, Gigabyte, and Terabyte, prepare yourselves for a whole new vocabulary, the likes of which your predecessors probably could not imagine.  Soon terms like Petabyte, Exabyte, and Zettabyte will be as common as the aforementioned, with benefits and difficulties to match their magnitude.

IBM claims 90% of the world’s data has been accumulated in the last 2 years.  If that is true, those math savvy readers can imagine how steep the exponential curve must be with regard to the weight of data, the enormity of what’s coming.

Big Data: A Blessing And A Curse

Source: Search Engine Journal