Tue. Sep 21st, 2021
STORE-CLOUD-DATA

Data is growing so fast that today’s technologies may not be able to keep up

STORE CLOUD DATA- In computing, data is information that has been translated into a form that is efficient for movement or processing. Relative to today’s computers and transmission media, data is information converted into binary digital form. It is acceptable for data to be used as a singular subject or a plural subject. Raw data is a term used to describe data in its most basic digital format.

Computers represent data, including video, images, sounds and text, as binary values using patterns of just two numbers: 0 and 1. A bit is the smallest unit of data and represents a single value. A byte is eight binary digits long. Storage and memory are measured in megabytes and gigabytes.

Data can be stored in file formats, as in mainframe systems using ISAM and VSAM. Other file formats for data storage, conversion and processing include comma-separated values. These formats continue to find uses across a variety of machine type, even as more structured-data-oriented approaches gained a footing in corporate computing.

Data is growing so fast that today’s technologies may not be able to keep up. That is why Microsoft is working on new storage technologies to house massive amounts of data in DNA and holograms. These storage technologies could disrupt data centres across the world, and Microsoft claims they are closer.

“The amount of data being generated is escaping our grasp,” says Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure Chief Technical Officer. “There are some types of data that we won’t be able to store with today’s technologies efficiently. This is where we’re exploring novel ways to store data very efficiently and at larger scale to close the gap.

The implication for digital infrastructure is significant. Storing an exabyte of data currently requires two Azure data centres each about the size of a Walmart. “DNA storage could house that exabyte in one cubic centimetre of space,” says Russinovinch.

“It’s sustainable, organic, and durable,” he adds. “It lasts hundreds of thousands to millions of years. On Earth, we’ve found 7 lakh years old biologic DNA. Stored under the right conditions, it can last virtually forever.”

Exploring DNA Storage

“It’s sustainable, organic, and durable,” he adds. “It lasts hundreds of thousands to millions of years. On Earth, we’ve found 7 lakh years old biologic DNA. Stored under the right conditions, it can last virtually forever.”

Microsoft’s DNA storage system uses synthetic DNA created by companies such as Twist Bioscience, rather than repurposing DNA from humans or animals.

Researchers at the University of Washington have worked with Microsoft to develop a system that encodes data in synthetic DNA, which is stored in a liquid solution and then can be read and used in the data processing.

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