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Petabytes: Vom Ende der Anschaulichkeit

wolke_grasSchluss mit Modellen, Schluss mit der Anschaulichkeit, Schluss auch mit Theorie im Ganzen. Die schiere Menge an Daten lässt altertümlichen Luxus dieser Art nicht mehr zu. So ähnlich argumentiert Chris Anderson in der jüngsten Ausgabe von Wired.
Kilobytes were stored on floppy disks. Megabytes were stored on hard disks. Terabytes were stored in disk arrays. Petabytes are stored in the cloud. As we moved along that progression, we went from the folder analogy to the file cabinet analogy to the library analogy to — well, at petabytes we ran out of organizational analogies.
At the petabyte scale, information is not a matter of simple three- and four-dimensional taxonomy and order but of dimensionally agnostic statistics. It calls for an entirely different approach, one that requires us to lose the tether of data as something that can be visualized in its totality.
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