As insurers continue to investigate their next data storage project, or weigh the pros and cons of cloud computing, virtualization or any a document management project, one of the oft-forgotten items is the actual volume of data that they store, and how it's expanding at an almost exponential rate.

Reminding everyone of this fact, EMC Corp. yesterday announced the results of its sponsored IDC study titled “The Digital Universe Decade – Are You Ready?” The data growth rate study rather whimsically measures and forecasts the amount of digital information created and copied annually, and its implications for individuals and IT professionals worldwide.   In 2009, amid the “Great Recession,” EMC finds that the amount of digital information grew 62 percent over 2008 to 800 billion gigabytes (0.8 zettabytes—one zettabyte equals one trillion gigabytes). The amount of digital information created in 2010 (1.2 zettabytes) will equal:

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