What’s in Store for Data Storage?

What's in Store for Data Storage

Remember how we used to save data in diskettes? We felt so modern carrying our homework in a floppy disk instead of in a notebook. Innovation had arrived.

Today, those gadgets look as out of place as a Rolodex or an 8-track, but at some point, they were lifesavers. And the same way back then we thought they were so avant-garde, give our current data storage devices a few years, and they will be just as anachronistic.

So what’s in store for the foreseeable future of data storage?

The following is a list of tomorrow’s alternatives for storing all of your sensitive information. Get ready to get your mind blown.

RFID Microchips

As discussed in an earlier blog about a controversial data storage alternative, Radio Frequency Identification Microchips are the devices mail carriers use to track packages, and veterinaries use to track lost pets. However, there’s a current trend in implanting these chips in humans who don’t want to worry about looking for their data storage devices. If you have it under your skin, it’s always with you. Scan it, and voilá! Read what you need, when you need it. The problem is that they can only store up to 2,000 bytes of data. Well, there’s also the ethical issue of having employees store company info in their own bodies, but that’s a topic for a different kind of blog.

DNA

Ladies and gentlemen, yes, it will be entirely possible to store data in the same little molecules that store your genetic information. The most impressive characteristics of this type of data storage is that it can store substantially large amounts of information, and it won’t deteriorate, like the usual forms of current storage can break down over time. What’s even more extraordinary is that up to 200 megabytes of data can be stored into just a fraction of a drop of liquid. Also, the information can be preserved for tens of thousands of years, regardless of the available power supply. This is even more exciting than when Nintendo released cordless controllers. But before you throw your USB in the trash, be aware that there are still challenges: the process of automating DNA is still really slow, but so was dial-up internet. So give it time.

Quantum Memory

Using sub-atomic particles to store information is the new black. This is because said particles have the unique capability of existing in more than one state, at the same time. With quantum memory, information is compressed to enable the storage of even larger amounts of information. It’s the logical next step, considering that at the rate technology is advancing, we need larger receptacles to hold our data.

While all of these methods of data storage become commonplace, most businesses are still relying on servers and cloud systems. In the event any of them fail, don’t freak out. At Soaring Eagle Consulting, we are happy to help you with your data recovery efforts. Or even if your information is currently safely stored, we can perform health checks of your system, to detect and patch any existing vulnerabilities. Contact us, and let us help your business.

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