Data management is likely to become more difficult as the amount of worldwide information explodes, it has been claimed.
A report by analyst firm IDC, titled Extracting Value from Chaos, predicted that 1.8 zettabytes of digital information will be created and replicated in 2011, a figure which is the equivalent of having enough data to cover 86 per cent of Mexico City.
Furthermore, it said that every two years the volume of information stored in the world will double, with IT departments predicted to need ten times their current number of servers by 2020 to deal with the growth in data management systems.
However, in the report, IDC said: "IT skills, experience and resources to manage the increase of data are failing to keep pace with growth levels".
Recent research from Gartner supported this and claimed that businesses will struggle to keep up with the ever increasing demand for greater levels of capacity.
Posted by Rachel Wheeler