The proliferation of mobile phones will continue as mobile data traffic jumps tenfold over the next four years, according to a study by Cisco.
That's 295 with 18 zeros after it. But it's only a hundredth of what humanity's DNA can store.
All those devices will drive mobile data traffic up 18-fold, reaching 10.8 exabytes per month, or 130 exabytes a year, by 2016, according to a forecast.
The number of network-connected devices around the world will hit more than 15 billion by 2015, forcing Internet traffic to quadruple to 966 exabytes per year, says Cisco.
Cisco Systems' latest networking forecast predicts that wireless data traffic is expected to grow to 6.3 exabytes by 2015 as networks and devices improve and more tablets come on the scene.
Big Blue scientists are aiming for breakthroughs to help computers sift through the exabytes of data that have become a fact of life.
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