You may not be too familiar with this term, but you will be within the next year or so I think.
Disk space is measured in bytes, and each term used is a multiple of 1000 of the previous one. So we have:
- Kilobytes (1000 bytes)
- Megabytes (1000 kB)
- Gigabytes (1000 Mb)
- Terabytes (1000 Gb)
- Petabytes (1000 Tb)
- Exabytes (1000 Pb)
- Zettabytes (1000 Eb)
- Yottabytes (1000 Zb)
This is a huge amount of storage. When I started in IT (in the late 80s) a 40 Mb hard drive was huge. Less than 30 years later and we’re talking about something 6 with 18 zeros (Ie 6 000 000 000 000 000 000) bigger!
Interestingly, the name comes from the Star Wars character, Yoda.
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