zet·​ta·​byte ˈze-tə-ˌbīt How to pronounce zettabyte (audio)
: one sextillion bytes

Examples of zettabyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To give you an idea of how much that is, one zettabyte contains a whopping 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes, the basic unit in digital storage and processing. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 17 Jan. 2022 Brown told Nature the annual volume of data generated globally had already surpassed one zettabyte (the equivalent of a billion terabytes), with annual data generated expected to surpass 1 yottabytes (a trillion terabytes) in the coming decade. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 One zettabyte is 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bits. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2022 To appreciate the magnitude of this point, a zettabyte is roughly 1,000 exabytes. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 To help visualize this, one zettabyte is 250 billion DVDs. Krishna Subramanian, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 About 7 devices will be owned by one individual, collectively generating 175 zettabytes of data in 2025. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 7 Jan. 2020 By the end of this year, the annual figure will have reached 2.7 zettabytes. Pm Editors, Popular Mechanics, 10 Dec. 2012 By the end of 2016, global internet traffic reached 1.1 zettabytes per year, according to Cisco. Frank Baker, Alaska Dispatch News, 26 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zettabyte was in 1993

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“Zettabyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zettabyte. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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