Friday, March 22, 2013

Intel maps out a minute of the Internet

Today the number of networked devices attached to the Internet is roughly equal to the global population, and by 2015 that number will have doubled the population. It begs the question, how much data and what kind of data is being piped around the world every day?
Intel has an answer to that question, but has managed to boil it down to what happens during a single minute of Internet time in the handy inforgraphic above.
In just 60 seconds, servers around the world currently handle 639,800GB of data. As you’d expect, the most popular online services account for a good chunk of that. YouTube sits at the top serving 1.3 million videos and uploading 30 hours of video every minute. Then we have Google serving over 2 million pages of search results, and Facebook handling 6 million views and 277,000 logins. The list goes on with familiar names including Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, Amazon, and Netflix making an appearance and contributing big chunks of data.
With the number of networked devices meant to double in just two year’s time, the amount of data on the network is going to explode. Intel gives an example of this, stating that at current growth rates, by 2015 it will take you 5 years to watch all the video crossing an IP network in just a single second.
Such massive amounts of data will put ever increasing pressure on the infrastructure of the Internet and the datacenters it relies upon. That’s why it’s imperative we continue to cut down on the resources a datacenter requires to run, so building more of them has as little impact on the environment and our power grid as possible.

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