Holographs, Liquid-State and DNA: The Future of Data Storage

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SMR Drives

Seagate claims that Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology is the first step to reaching a 20 TB hard drive by 2020. SMR involves packing a disk's tracks closer together; overlapping the tracks allows more data to be written on the same amount of space.

However, despite their larger capacity, SMR drivers suffer from slow data rewrites. As a result of the tracks overlapping, any data that's already on the track has to be picked up and sequentially rewritten at a later point.

Last year, 2.4 billion people used the cloud for accessing email, social media, games, backup storage and apps. With this figure projected to reach 3.6 billion by 2018, it would appear that cloud computing is here to stay due to our need to store and access ever expanding amounts of data. But the cloud is just the beginning with exciting data storage developments on the horizon. 

This slideshow, provided by Ebuyer, depicts how far data storage has evolved since the IBM punch card in 1928 and further analyzes the future of this innovative industry. Datastickies, DNA storage and helium drives are just some of the possibilities for the future of data storage.


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