It's about as much as The Letters Delivered by the Postal Service in 2010.
It's about one-and-three-fifths times as much as Netflix's Watch Instantly catalog.
In other words, 5 petabytes is 1.590 times the amount of Netflix's Watch Instantly catalog, and the amount of Netflix's Watch Instantly catalog is 0.6290 times that amount.(May, 2013 figures)
The uncompressed source copies of all the movies available for instant viewing on Netflix total 3.14 petabytes. According to estimates, videos streamed from Netflix account for about 29% of all Internet traffic
It's about two times as much as a Human Brain.
In other words, the amount of a Human Brain is 0.50 times 5 petabytes.According to Northwestern University psychology professor Paul Reber, the capacity of the human brain is a theoretical 2.5 petabytes. Each lobe of the brain consists of folded neural tissue with a total area, if unfolded, of about 0.24 sq. m.
It's about two times as much as The US Census Bureau.
In other words, the amount of The US Census Bureau is 0.50 times 5 petabytes.(a.k.a. United States Census Bureau, a.k.a. Bureau of the Census) (2010 figures) (total active data)
The United States Census Bureau administers 2.5 petabytes (pB) of demographic and population data gathered through the decennial census and other surveys. The Census Bureau makes the results of each census public 72 years after they are gathered.
It's about two-and-a-half times as much as an Imgur's Monthly Bandwidth.
In other words, 5 petabytes is 2.380 times the amount of an Imgur's Monthly Bandwidth, and the amount of an Imgur's Monthly Bandwidth is 0.420 times that amount.(Jan-Feb, 2012 figures)
Imgur, the free online image hosting service, used a total of 2.11 petabytes in bandwidth between January and February, 2012. The site has served up over 15 billion images in that time.
It's about four times as much as World of Warcraft.
In other words, 5 petabytes is 4.10 times the amount of World of Warcraft, and the amount of World of Warcraft is 0.240 times that amount.(a.k.a. WoW) (2009 figures) (total storage for Blizzard Entertainment)
World of Warcraft, the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), uses 1.3 petabytes (pB) of data for its operations. The game's development required about 5 years and included the enhancement of a proprietary 3D graphics engine developed for the prequel of the game.
It's about five times as much as a Avatar.
In other words, the amount of a Avatar is 0.20 times 5 petabytes.(a.k.a. James Cameron's Avatar, a.k.a. Avatar: An IMAX 3D experience) (production rendering data)
Using a combination of breakthrough techniques that ultimately made it the most expensive movie ever produced, the film Avatar required 1 petabyte (pB) of storage space for its computer rendering. According to some sources, each frame of the 166-minute movie took an average of 47 person-hours to complete.