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Sunday, November 4, 2012

What comes after "yottobyte?"

"Yotta" is currently the largest officially named numeric designator in the International System of units.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yotta-)

A yottabyte is 1,125,899,906,842,624 Gigabytes. Think of it as "An estimated 9 billion years of Bluray-quality entertainment."

It's not big enough. The NSA is already building yottabyte-class data storage facilities.

So, what's the next designation?

Enter the "brontobyte:"

http://epaper.bostonglobe.com/epaper/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=1XESLLSC8N4&iss...