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Data Storage Industry Witnessing Massive Adoption of New Technologies, DNA Storage is a Critical Trend, long-term Though

The data storage sector is undergoing massive changes. Many new technologies are being adopted while a few technologies are still on the horizon.

Gartner, an IT research firm, recently predicted more than 23-times growth with respect to shipped petabytes through 2030.

The changes are mainly driven by aspects such as the apparent need

For enhanced security, speed, and optimization. The need to bring down costs is another critical aspect as well. Among these, DNA storage is a noteworthy trend, rather a future-oriented trend.

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Although many of these trends are in their nascent stages, what is certain is that they are going to reshape the data storage sector in the long run.

The first thing about DNA storage is that it is a long-term but rapidly advancing trend. When employed as a data storage medium, DNA ensures a much broader capacity and a much-enhanced storage environment compared to conventional storage architecture. To be more specific, DNA storage enables molecular-level storage of data. In other words, the whole idea is about archiving data directly into DNA molecules.

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However, experts say DNA storage may take many more years to be tangible. So far, it wouldn’t be possible to give a fixed-time line. But, many who follow these trends closely are optimistic about DNA storage materializing into reality by the end of the 2020s.

The biggest obstacle to materializing DNA storage surfaces is that the current DNA synthesizing techniques are too expensive and complicated.

“The advantages of DNA-based data storage are its density and stability. One gram of DNA can store approximately 215 petabytes of data with a minimum life span of 500 years,” informs Nick Heudecker, a former Gartner analyst. ”


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