5 Futuristic Data Storage Methods

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 23, 2016

Data center As human evolution takes place towards future technologies, and the need for data transmission is created thereof, one wonders where and how the colossal quantity of data will be stored. Technology scientists and imaginers the world over, are thinking of possibilities, where the data can be stored for the longest time, without the data itself getting destroyed in the process of time. Here are some of the more futuristic methods which are being conceptualized at the moment:

1. Underwater servers

Started by Microsoft since last year, there has been an experimental project, called ‘Project Natick’, where the huge amount of data will be stored in servers, placed under water, or near the sea bed. The project involved putting data servers inside a water-tight 38,000 LB capsule container, and sunk below the waves of the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Washington. After a 2-month test period, the container was retrieved from the below the water, and tested for condition of the servers and the data put in the servers, with 300 times the computing power of general PCs. The results were favorable as the everything inside the container ended up and dry and functional, thus leading to a conclusion that Microsoft might do so as a project in the future, but there seem to be no concrete plan for the same. 

2. 5D Glass Disc

How about having a data storage disk, which could store up to 360 Terabytes of data, but over a period of 13.8 billion years, or the age of the estimated universe? Well, University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) had recently created a prototype of such a glass disk, which can withstand temperatures of up to 190°C, and is the size of a quarter. The 5D glass disc also has other advantages like being able to protect the data, unlike normal disks which are prone to scratches and end up disturbing the spoiling the data on board, by storing in nanostructures on the disc. 

3. Floating cantilevers for low energy devices

Since data storage for low energy devices are also a concern, an international team based out South Korea and Scotland are working on a concept, which uses a floating cantilever for data storage. The self-propelled cantilever converts the electrical currents within the device to convert it into binary code.  This way, the process of data storage has become faster and more energy efficient, which is what sets apart the game for low-energy devices. 

4. Data Skyscrapers

This concept was revealed in Iceland, which is known to meet most of its energy needs via renewable energy. The concept was about constructing a giant skyscraper, which would act like a mother board, and actually have data serves located within them. The center of the building would be made hollow, so as to keep the data servers cool, and ensure the data storage process is not hindered. But one also wonders, what if there is a natural calamity which affects the condition of the building? Would it be safe enough?

5. Older abandoned mine

For where the mines are, there lies a potential site for a data center. Callison, an architecture firm in North-East United States, worked on converting abandoned limestone mines into location for setting up data servers for storage. The advantage of underground data centers such as this one, is that the cooler temperature and relative humidity levels are just about right, which is otherwise a very energy intensive process when the data centers are built over ground. However, not much is yet known about this project, as the exact location has been kept to be a top secret. 

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