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A new IDC study, ‘Data Age 2025’, sponsored by Seagate, predicts that global data creation will swell to a total of 163 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025;  consumers and businesses creating, sharing and accessing data between any device and the cloud will continue to grow well beyond previous expectations.

Whereas once consumers were the primary creators of the bulk of the world's data, Data Age 2025 predicts this will shift, with enterprises creating 60 percent of the world's data in 2025. Business leaders will have the opportunity to embrace new and unique business opportunities powered by this wealth of data and the insight it provides but will also need to make strategic choices on data collection, utilization and location.

Virtually every enterprise, the study indicates, is being affected by the major data-driving trends. Notable drivers of the shift from primarily consumer-led to enterprise-driven data include:

  • The evolution of data from business background to life-critical - by 2025, nearly 20 percent of the data in the ‘global datasphere’ will be critical to our daily lives and nearly 10 percent of that will be hypercritical;
  • Embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) - by 2025, an average connected person anywhere in the world will interact with connected devices nearly 4,800 times per day - basically one interaction every 18 seconds.
  • Machine learning changing the landscape - IDC estimates that the amount of the global datasphere subject to data analysis will grow by a factor of 50 to 5.2 ZB in 2025.
  • True mobile and real-time data - by 2025, more than a quarter of data created will be real-time in nature, and IoT real-time data will constitute over 95 percent of it.
  • Automation and machine-to-machine technologies are shifting the bulk of data creation away from traditional sources - while data creation in the previous 10 years has been characterized primarily by an increase in entertainment content, the coming decade will reflect the shift to productivity-driven and embedded data, as well as non-entertainment images and video such as surveillance and advertising.

Key stats from the IDC Data Age 2025 study include:

Overview of Data Age 2025. By 2025:

  • 20 percent of the data within the global datasphere will have the potential to be critical
  • The average connected person will interact with a connected device 4,800 times a day
  • More than 25 percent of data created in the global datasphere will be real-time and IoT real-time data will make up 95% of this
  • Just over 20 percent of the data created in the global datasphere will be useful for analytics if tagged, yet only 15 percent of this data will actually be tagged and analyzed
  • 90 percent of all data created in the global datasphere requires some level of security, but less than half will be secured.

Data continuity over time

  • Of all data in the global datasphere, 20 percent has the potential to be critical to the continuity of our lives by 2025
  • Compound Aggregate Growth Rate (CAGR) of data between 2015 and 2025
  • All data will grow 30 percent
  • Potentially critical data will grow 37 percent
  • Critical data will grow 39 percent
  • Hypercritical data will grow 54 percent
  • Interactions per Connected Person per Day

Security as a Critical Foundation

  • In 2015, less than 30 percent of data was created by the enterprise while in 2025 this figure will be nearly 60 percent
  • The burden falls on enterprises to manage more than 97 percent of the global datasphere
  • The percentage of data requiring security will near 90 percent by 2025.

For more information on Data Age 2025, visit

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