Digital To Physical: The Size of The Internet

This piece was created by Beyond Storage (self storage solutions).

Everyone knows the internet holds a huge amount of information, and with the huge rise in big data and cloud storage, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. In fact, the current size of the internet is estimated to be around 1 yottabyte. That is the equivalent to a monumental 1 quadrillion gigabytes. That probably means nothing to most people, as it’s pretty difficult to imagine how much this takes up in digital space. So we have attempted to take things back to basics and figure out how much physical space the internet would actually take up, in the form of hardware such as floppy discs and CDs (Voyager reference included!). This infographic shows just how much space would be needed to physically store the internet.

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Jack is the content manager of planetsedu.com and is a keen amateur journalist. After completing a degree in astronomy from Newcastle University, Jack went on to develop this website out of his passion for space.