06 Nov

Microsoft promises to revolutionize data storage with a piece of glass

As time goes on, you need more and more storage space for your files, so Microsoft is working on a technology to help you with that.
The company wants to solve the storage problem by using new material. Thus, it uses an almost indestructible type of glass to permanently store files. The idea is not a new one, but is developed within the Silica project, for which the American company has been working for some time.
The most interesting part is that the material is almost indestructible. Thus, your data will be secure for a long time, because the quartz device is extremely durable and durable. Microsoft has undergone several tests: boiled it, put it in the oven, immersed it in water, etc. In the end, the data was intact and could be used.
However, it should be borne in mind that the technology is only in the early stages, so it will take a while before we can use it.
How can Microsoft store data on the glass
The company has already created a prototype. The tech giant has collaborated with Warner Bros. to store a copy of the original Superman film from 1978. The quartz prototype is quite small: it has 75 x 75 x 2 mm and contains over 75 GB of data.
Microsoft says these are, in fact, a storage system called cold storage, or cold storage. This puts inactive data in storage and is only good for the data or files you want to keep handy, but which you don’t need very often.
In this process, the company uses infrared lasers to encode data into “voxels”, the three-dimensional equivalent of the pixels on the screens. Thus, the data is stored inside the glass, and the machine learning algorithms can decode the patterns to read the data.
Therefore, technology is useful for anyone who needs to store large amounts of data. Thus, it will be possible to ensure that its files will be kept for a long time.

The process is costly and complex, and Microsoft researchers are trying to speed up the process, as well as reduce the costs involved.

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