Over the next three years, the world is expected to generate more data than over the past three decades. By 2025, 41.6 billion connected IoT devices will generate 79.4 zettabytes (one zettabyte-ZB equals one trillion gigabytes) of data according to IDC.

Since data is a valuable asset to an organization, the patterns of data creation and consumption on a global scale are expected to change. One of the main drivers of change will be the global deployment of 5G services.

“As 5G becomes more ubiquitous and reliable, we will see storage at both endpoints, like cameras, phones, or sensors for rapid processing, and at edge or central locations in the cloud, where it can be. more cost-effectively processed and stored, ”said Supria Dhanda, vice president and country manager, India Western Digital, one of the world’s largest data storage companies.

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Yet these applications can only exist if they have the necessary hardware to support the levels of performance that they require. “At Western Digital, our goal is to ensure that the ever-increasing need for storage is never the limiting factor for the user experience,” adds Dhanda.

This is because 5G enables the digitization and automation of processes such as Industry 4.0, entertainment, healthcare, public safety, transport, etc., with more impact on the location of storage and data processing.

This should lead to increased use of video data with more high-resolution cameras and automated decision-making based on sensors and images. “Our goal is to ensure that exploding storage needs should not be a limiting factor for the user experience,” explains Dhanda.

WDC (Western Digital Corp.) launched Data Innovation Bazaar, a platform to drive innovation and help Indian start-ups.

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In the 2020 edition of the initiative, more than 65% of applications came from outside the top eight cities. Entries ranged from the use of AI to identifying brain hemorrhages, epilepsy, autism, and treating tuberculosis in healthcare; personalized skills-based learning, immersive learning, assisted learning for the visually impaired in education; complete agricultural solutions; intelligent traffic management; and water conservation, among others.

This year’s winner, AarogyaAI, harnesses the power of data for faster diagnosis of drug-resistant TB. What all these ideas had in common was the immediate need for solutions, which targeted both urban and rural populations.

With COVID-19, every business – big and small – is trying to navigate and own its digital transformation journey. Each industry is setting new benchmarks for how to use technology to disrupt long-established and proven businesses and explore new, more sustainable (business) models for the future. As a data infrastructure company, WDC will meet all the needs. “While many may see this as a challenge, we certainly see it as an opportunity,” adds Dhanda.

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