Microsoft’s 3.5-billion-year-old solution to data storage!

Published: 29 June 2018
Published: 29 June 2018

All this data and nowhere to store it!

Although the first email was sent less than 50 years ago, our reliance on technology has seen us create colossal volumes of data which means that we are already facing a data crisis.

Until now…

Enter a natural data storage system which has existed for 3.5bn years, is essential to our existence and is capable of storing even the most complex and confidential files of information.

Enter DNA.

A tenuous link you may assume. But as the world of technology becomes ever more intuitive, researchers at Microsoft are actually going back to the beginning of our existence in an attempt to solve our data storage problems.

Demand for data storage is growing exponentially, with volumes expected to multiply more than 50 times in the next decade. This is no surprise – every single second 2.7 million emails are emailed, 8000 tweets are tweeted, 67,000 Google searches are searched – creating a tiny little bit of data each time.

The fact is we’re literally running out of space – why? Because there simply isn’t enough silicon on planet earth to store all the data we are creating.

Which is why technology buffs are so excited about the prospect of DNA being used to store data. To illustrate, did you know that every single piece of data in all of Microsoft’s data centres all over the world could be stored on DNA and confined to a single shoe box?

Did you also know that all the data in all the world ever made can fit on DNA in more of those shoe boxes, still only filling a car boot?

It’s widely anticipated that DNA will become the mainstream method of data storage in the next decade, and we’ll all sit in our rocking chairs, reminiscent of the ‘good old days’ when we used to store our data on that cloud-thingy.

But for now, cloud solutions are the way forward. Why? Not only do they allow businesses to function more collaboratively and flexibly, cloud solutions are also…

  • Cost effective
  • Secure
  • Compliant

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