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The World Cup: The past, present and future data behind the most viewed sporting event in the world

NETAPP_360 | June 12, 2014
Here's our look back, present and forward, at the increasingly complex data output of the most viewed sporting event in the world.

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But the march of progress doesn't stop there. With the availability of wireless high-speed Internet access and incredibly powerful data centers, facial recognition headsets are going to be kept quite busy looking for criminals during the games. The amount of data these people will generate should dwarf anything from previous games, and is critical in light of the terrorist attacks the world has been witness to in the past decade.

أثقل من جبل ("Heavier than a mountain")

This next, and final section, of our infographic looks to the future:


86,250 spectators for the final match may consumer 1.3PB (petabytes) of bandwidth with wearable devices. Note that we didn't say smartphones or other "mobile devices" - we're talking about the future. From smart watches to eyeglass- or hat-mounted computers to biometric monitoring devices, we're looking at a tsunami of data.

The 2022 World Cup will likely reach most people on the planet. The tsunami of bandwidth generated boggles the mind and it's only eight years away.

Data: Creating Global Moments Today

The World Cup offers opportunities to connect around the globe through data. It also offers an amazing opportunity to watch how data is becoming the lifeblood of human interaction today. So when the collective soccer-fan world turns its attention to Brazil this summer, all of us data users have a chance to pick up a few lessons about data output from the World Cup. Ask yourself, how much data do you think you'll generate during the World Cup?

Here's the infographic in its entirety.



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