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India’s Digital Information to Grow 60 Fold by 2020 - EMC
Source: business-standard.com
Source Date: Friday, September 10, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: India
Created: Sep 13, 2010

India’s share of digital information is expected to grow 60-fold by 2020, driven by the roll-out of 3G and BWA networks, digitisation of television networks, and increased technology adoption among individuals, small and medium enterprises, enterprises and in Government services like the Unique ID project, Census, among others, said a study.

The findings of ‘The Digital Universe in India’ sponsored by EMC, provider of information infrastructure technology, stated that India’s 2010 tally for digital information equals information stored in 2.5 billion iPads of 16GB.


It would mean more than 464,000 separate towers of iPads of 16GB stacked flat on top of each other, each as high as India’s famed Qutub Minar. Or if the 2.5 billion iPads were laid end-to-end, they would be equal to a continuos line of more than 197 million Tata Nano cars.

“The digital information explosion will create significant challenges for India’s CIOs and IT managers for two reasons. First, enterprises have responsibility for the storage, protection and management of 80 per cent of the digital universe’s data, and this liability will only increase as social networking and Web 2.0 technologies continue to impact the enterprise,” said Manoj Chugh, President, EMC India and SAARC and Director of Global Accounts for EMC Asia Pacific & Japan.

“Second, while digital information will grow 60-fold, enterprise investments in IT and staffing will grow only in single digits. The cumulative effect is driving CIOs to transform traditional infrastructures into private cloud data centers that offer internal and external customers IT as a service,” he added.

The EMC-IDC study further points out that 50 per cent more digital information is created today in India than the capacity that exists to store it. This number will grow to 80 per cent over the next decade. The study revealed that over the next decade (2010 to 2020), digital information in India will grow from 40,000 petabytes to 2.3 million petabytes, twice as fast as the worldwide rate.

He further added that: “The digital information deluge will translate into a significant market opportunity in India over the next decade. This is why EMC continues to invest in scaling its operations as a part of its previously announced $2 billion investment commitment through 2014.”

To help address customers’ increasing challenges to store, protect and manage ever- growing digital information, EMC is rolling out its private cloud strategy in India and forging industry partnerships locally and globally to help customers move quickly toward private cloud computing environments.
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