When it comes to digital storage capacities, there are now many different measurements that are in place. Some are ones that most people will be familiar with such as megabytes and gigabytes, but others are far greater, and many are not familiar with the terms.
Some are still theoretical measurements such as yottabytes as outlined in this infographic.
A yottabyte refers to a huge number of bytes, and it is the largest unit that is recognized by the International System of Units. In fact, compared to a measurement that most people are familiar with – gigabytes – the yottabyte is equal to one quadrillion gigabytes.
This gives you an idea of just how incredibly huge the capacity is. In this article, we will look at some frequently asked questions about yottabytes.
Some Common FAQs
There are a number of common questions that people have about this digital measurement, and you can learn a bit more by reading the FAQs outlined below:
What Is a Yottabyte?
A yottabyte, like kilobytes, gigabytes, and megabytes, is a measure of storage capacity and is abbreviated as YB. However, at present, there is nothing that is measurable on a YB scale. It is made up of a huge number of bytes and is the largest unit that is recognized by the International System of Units.
Is Anything Bigger Than a Yottabyte?
As mentioned above, this is currently the largest unit that is recognized by the International System of Units. This means that there is currently nothing else bigger that is recognized by the SI. However, there are unofficial units that you might hear about such as the brontobyte.
Is the Yottabyte Already in Use?
Another question that a lot of people ask when they hear about the yottabyte is whether it is a digital measurement unit that is already in use. Well, at present, this is not in use, and at present, there is nothing that is big enough to measure a yottabyte.
But with the pace at which the world of technology moves these days, it could be in use sooner than many imagine.
What Common Measurements is a Yottabyte Equal To?
Some people have heard of many other digital measurement units, and they are curious to know how they hold up to yottabytes. So, many are keen to find out what common measurements a yottabyte is equal to. Well, some of the popular ones are:
- one trillion terabytes
- one quadrillion gigabytes
- one quintillion megabytes
- one sextillion kilobytes
- one septillion bytes
These are just some of the other digital measures that the yottabyte can be compared to, with others that include petabytes, exabytes, and zettabytes.
These are some of the many questions that people have about yottabytes, and as technology continues to evolve, there could be more to come in the future. While this is now the largest measurement recognized by the International System of Units, continued tech advancements mean that more could become recognized by the SI in the future.