The rapid development of modern science andtechnology leads to an increase in digital information and an increase in the number of media required to store it. While maintaining the rate of data accumulation and technologies for storing digital information, by 2245 the mass of carriers can be half the mass of the Earth. This situation forces scientists to look for new alternative methods of storing information. One of such techniques may be a technology from Microsoft, the use of which involves recording data on glass media.
Microsoft Project Silica providesthe use of lasers for recording information on ultra-strong quartz glass using three-dimensional "deformation" of its structure. The first test experiments saved 75.6 TB of data on quartz media, which is only 2.5 inches in size. At the same time, modern 3.5-inch hard drives can store up to 20 TB of data.
However, for Microsoft Project Silicathere are some pretty serious problems that need to be addressed first. This medium is currently read-only, making it ideal for write-once-read-many (WORM) applications. At the same time, you will have to spend a lot of time to copy information.
Meanwhile, over technologies for recording data onglass also operates the Seagate R&D lab, which strives to create systems that can read and write information with reasonable bandwidth. Companies such as Western Digital, Toshiba and Samsung are also expected to start developing similar technologies.
Analyst firm IDC predicts that byBy 2025, the world will generate 175 zettabytes (ZB) of data, driven by rising demand for HD video and growing IoT networks. This is almost six times more than in 2018. By the end of the decade, humankind will reach an impressive trillion terabytes mark, given that one ZB equals one billion TB.