Technology: All databases are not created equal, and counsel should know the difference

To explore current data, it is helpful to have a little background in the history of data management and analysis

The amount of data we are creating as society has exploded over the last decade. Consider this fact: Each day, we create more than 70 times the amount of information in the Library of Congress. Or this one: Approximately 2.5 billion Internet users generate 2.5 quintillion (2,500,000,000,000,000,000) bytes of data every day. Why are we producing so much data? Because we can.

Bandwidth, computer memory, and computer-processing capabilities have improved exponentially over the last decade. By 2016, it is estimated that the gigabyte equivalent of all movies ever made will cross global IP networks every 3 minutes. The average smartphone now has more computing power than NASA did when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. At the same time, each one of us is a walking content generator. Our use of the Internet, social media, and mobile devices is creating a tsunami of electronic data. And, as mobile devices get smaller, faster, and more powerful, they will enable us to generate even more bytes of “likes” every year.

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David J. Walton

Dave Walton is an experienced litigator with a detailed, hands-on understanding of technology and e-discovery issues. He is vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor &...

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