Additionally, emerging market nations will go from creating a minority of data to creating the majority, IDC said. In 2005, for example, 48 percent of the digital universe came from the United States and Western Europe. Emerging markets accounted for less than 20 percent. However, the share of data attributable to emerging markets is now 36 percent and will be 62 percent by 2020. By then, China alone will generate 21 percent of the bit streams entering the digital universe.
Additionally, the study found:
- The network is growing in importance. Latencies must get shorter, not longer. Data must be analyzed, security applied, and authentication verified -- all in real time and at levels yet to be seen. Network infrastructure will be a key investment over the next eight years.
- The regulations governing information security must harmonize around the globe, though differences will remain. IT managers must realize that data will be requested outside geographic boundaries, and a global knowledge of information security may be the difference between approval and denial of a data request.