n. An extremely large but unspecified amount of data.
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"We need a new way to think about analytics. Analytics needs to be about fast, smart decisions”, said Tom Davenport. Yet, he said there is a problem with big data? What is next if we continue to call it big data — hellabyte, muchabyte, and lots of byte?
—Myles Suer, “Pearls of Wisdom for Digital Disruptors,” Informatica, May 21, 2015
Storage capacity continues to grow, necessitating new labels for ever larger quantities of data. Beyond an exabyte (1018 bytes), we have the zettabyte (1021 bytes) and yottabyte (1024 bytes), which follow the prefixes offered by the International System of Units (SI). In response both to the rapid growth of data and the proliferation of terms, some have suggested that we simply use “hellabyte," for “hell of a lot of bytes."
—Joe Arnold, OpenStack Swift, O'Reilly Media, October 16, 2014
By one estimate, the amount of information created every two days on the Internet is equivalent that created between the dawn of civilization and 2003. MIT’s Andrew McAfee and others have actually proposed that we settle on “hellabyte” — as in, “helluva lot of data," to describe the next stage of the data deluge.
—Dominic Basulto, “Welcome to the hellabyte era, as in a helluva lot of data,” The Washington Post, October 25, 2013
A hella big amount of computer data.
—Ed Bodine, “hellabyte,” Urban Dictionary, June 16, 2009
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