zet·ta·byte (zet-uh-bahyt) n.A measure of data storage capacity equal to approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.1

Former NSA Director Keith Alexander recently estimated that the world would generate approximately 3.5 zettabytes of information in 2014. That is the equivalent of the hard drives for 3.5 billion new desktop computers.2 In recent years, questions as to how much of this mind-boggling volume of data should be retained and what resources should be devoted to this retention have been at the fore of legal and policy debates surrounding electronically stored information (ESI). But while the overall volume of ESI has been growing at breakneck speeds, the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure moves at a more pedestrian pace.

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