Project Silica

With the Advent of Cloud and the growing demand for storage media tech companies have had to find innovative and scalable ways of storing data

By 2020, it’s expected that zettabytes of data will be stored in the cloud. Operating at such scales requires a fundamental re-thinking of how we build large-scale storage systems, as well as the underlying storage technologies that underpin them

I came across this interesting research project around storing data on Glass for a long time

Project Silica is developing the first-ever storage technology designed and built from the ground up for the cloud. They are leveraging recent discoveries in ultrafast laser optics to store data in quartz glass by using femtosecond lasers, and building a completely new storage system designed from scratch around this technology. This opens up an incredibly exciting opportunity to challenge and completely re-think traditional storage system design, and to co-design the future hardware and software infrastructure for the cloud.

The beauty of glass is that it is not affected by aspects that affect today’s storage mediums like temperature.

Read more here Project Silica