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got bacteria? May 26, 2007

Posted by alimassoudi in Uncategorized.


“Digital storage demand is increasing from 30 to over 50 percent annually and is expected to steadily increase for the foreseeable future,” said Fred Moore, principal of Horison Information Strategies. “One of the big disk challenges is that capacity is growing ten times faster than performance.” (Article)

Okay, it has become quite clear to me that we are in an information age. I know that businesses have an ever increasing demand for data storage, and that there is a need to retain the data for years in a safe and cost-effective manner. I equate this to my experience working for the banks, always having to keep copies of documents for x amount of years before sending them to ‘archives’ in an undisclosed location where entire premises were bought and used to store boxes of loan applications, securities agreements, trade instructions and so on. Imagine the cost! Similarly we are now at an age where business can no longer store all their data on just one hard-drive or even a server alone.

Although this data storage doesn’t require the purchase of bricks and mortar, there is a cost associated with it. More noticeably the demand for data storage seems to be growing exponentially. Although, reliable the data storage devices presently on the market have an estimated shelf life of 100 years. So for the L-T this would require quite a bit of data management.

100 years not sufficient? No worries. According to Professor Masaru Tomita, Bacteria can last up to a million years. “So what?” you may ask. Well, as if this world of technology was not mind-blowing enough, Profesoor Masaru and his team recently stored Albert Einsten’s theory of relativity (E=MC2) into a common soil bacteria!

Apparently ,”The four characters that represent the genetic coding in DNA work much like digital data. Character combinations can stand for specific letters and symbols — so codes in genomes can be translated, or read, to produce music, text, video and othercontent.” So that translating the message would require breaking the code, it’s like an inherent encryption! Supposedly genetic code is so huge that large amounts of data can be stored in a gene without impacting on its physical appearance.

This may be the future of data storage. I’m not even sure what to think of it?  🙂



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