Files in Reality: The Physical Space Our Digital Files Would Use
Here at Gradwell Communications, we’re experts when it comes to cloud services, and every day we help our customers select the right plans for their businesses to ensure their important files are securely created and stored online.
When you look at the bigger picture of using and saving files, it’s almost mind-boggling to think that there are essentially millions of files being saved and stored digitally each day. Moreover, depending on the nature of the role you’re working in, you may well end up creating thousands of files all by yourself.
So, just imagine if the digital world didn’t exist and all these files were physical copies stored in ring binders; it’s safe to say they’d take up a fair bit of space.
This got us wondering though, just how much space all our online documents theoretically take up – so we did the research to find out…
Creating our Data
In order to create a spread of data, we ran a survey to get a wider view of a few different industries.
We asked those surveyed about the sectors they worked in, what roles they had, which devices they used, which file types they were commonly creating, and for an approximation around the number of files they were creating or using on a daily basis.
From this we were then able to create four different character profiles.
A call centre worker, in the customer services industry
A dentist, in the healthcare industry
A college lecturer, in the education sector
An IT data analyst at an accounting firm
To give you a flavour of the interesting stats we found, we learned that:
The customer service sector:
Mobile was the most common device, with an average storage of 16GB
Word document files were commonly used, at an average of ~296KB per file
After 9 days, a call centre worker’s files could fill a house
In the healthcare sector:
Tablet devices were the most popular device used, with an average storage of 32GB
PDF document files were commonly used, at an average of 410Kb per file
After 5 days, a dentist’s workplace files could fill a lorry
The IT sector:
Laptops were the most common device, with an average storage of 1T
Excel files were commonly used, at an average of ~700KB per file
They had the highest average number of files saved in storage – you could fit ~1,500,000 Excel files onto a 1T laptop, equating to the physical size of a plane within only 3 days
The education sector:
Computers were the most common device, with an average storage of 320GB
Image files were commonly used, at an average of 0.5MB per file
A college lecturer’s workplace files could equate to the physical size of a double decker bus after 10 days
So, next time you’re saving your files just think about the room you have to spare all thanks to digital storage. If you’re looking for ways to improve your business, then our options on cloud servicescould be just the ticket. And remember – don’t take your storage for granted, back it up!
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