IDC study shows rapid future growth in critical data

Published: Tuesday, 04 April 2017 08:17

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; ┬áconsumers 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:

Key stats from the IDC Data Age 2025 study include:

Overview of Data Age 2025. By 2025:

Data continuity over time

Security as a Critical Foundation

For more information on Data Age 2025, visit