APJxC to produce 33.8 zettabytes of data by 2025

Enterprise Innovation editors
08 May 2019

Seagate Technology recently released a white paper with IDC on the growing datasphere in Asia Pacific including Japan, but excluding China (APJxC).

This is following the launch of IDC’s global White Paper, The Digitization of the World – From Edge to Core, sponsored by Seagate Technology, which examines how much new data is created and replicated each year and the impending shifts to the global data model by 2025.

Top findings from the regional paper include:

  • Data created in the APJxC regions will increase from 5.9ZB in 2018 to 33.8ZB in 2025.
  • The APJxC Datasphere is one of the fastest growing Datasphere regions, growing at a 2018–2025 CAGR of 28.3% compared with a gloabl rate of 27.2% and a U.S. growth rate of 23.6% over the same time period.
  • Entertainment-related data is growing at a faster pace than most other regions, expanding at a rate of 23% compared with a global average of 20% for 2018–2025.
  • The number of online users in the region participating in entertainment-related activities is growing faster than the global rate — 7.2% compared with 4.6% for 2017–2022, which will increasingly happen on the go on mobile devices.
  • Storage utilization in APJxC will grow from 0.5ZB in 2018 to 2.3ZB in 2025, even though not all data created will require permanent storage.
  • By 2025, 58% of data storage will take place in the public cloud compared with 22% in 2018 – largely driven by the growing number of internet users in the region, which drives use of the cloud not only by users but also by enterprises as they race to keep up with user demands.

As such, the percentage of data in the APJxC Datasphere emanating from or replicated in the edge will increase from 12% to 20% of the region's total Datasphere — as data is delivered to endpoints and as IoT devices increasingly drive processing and analytics closer to the point of origin of the data itself.

This unprecedented data growth combined with the pressures of deriving value from data for digital transformation will create imperatives for IT and business organizations across all regions over the next decade. Enterprises must develop a fitting data storage and management and capitalization strategy and drive a new level of engagement with consumers using data-informed services and products.

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