MIS4596 – Tony Messina – Section 002 – Spring 2016

The Future of Data Storage

DNA storageWhile The Cloud is a the current buzz word in data storage, there are many new hardware technologies on the horizon that could supplement the cloud and possibly replace other current data storage methods. Here are a few highlights from the article “Data Storage Technologies of the Future” :

Helium Drives (Drives filled with helium vs. traditional air) Helium drives represent the first 10 TB hard drive. They require less power to spin the disks, run cooler and can pack in more disks. At a current cost of $0.068 per GB, the technology is expensive but will likely get cheaper and more expansive.

DNA (store data on the same molecule that stores biological information) DNA offers storage density of 2.2 petabytes per gram. This means, “A DNA hard drive about the size of a teaspoon could fit all of the world’s data on it.” It is also ideal for long term storage. Currently, encoding DNA is too expensive to really be usable and takes a long time to read and write. However, scientists are still encoding artificial DNA into bacteria, and in 2012, researchers were able to encode DNA with a “53,400-word book in HTML, eleven JPEG images, and one JavaScript program.”

Although not all innovative technologies become mainstream, it is important to be aware of emerging trends in data storage. As technology continually evolves it is important to be able to recognize possibly disruptive technology.


2 Responses to The Future of Data Storage

  • All of those important files you have can now be stored for essentially forever. New developments in the technology of digitally based laser memory made by researchers at Southampton University in the UK have enabled information to be stored for 14 billion years.


  • Maggie,
    What an interesting article you found – thanks for sharing! The Helium Drives example seems the most realistic out of all of them in the article and I imagine that to become a normality within the next few years (GB used to cost company’s like $10/GB and now it’s at like $.0001/GB, so I’m sure it will become cheaper!!) Also, Noah shared a post a few weeks ago about Microsoft implementing data centers in submarines underwater – seems environmentally friendly/innovative just like this article. One company I’m sure will invest in any of these is IBM. Their IBM Watson API/Robot is an example of quantum computing and artificial intelligence, and with the amount of data that will be streaming through within the next two years, their engineers will have to begin researching and developing such technologies like these!

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