Scientists at Aston University have warned that the world is facing a data storage crisis. The field of data is set to increase by 300% in 2025 and there is not enough space in the “cloud” to keep the huge amount of data.
Scientists are scrambling to develop a plan that doesn’t involve building more servers, which currently use up to 1.5% of the world’s electricity per year. To address this problem, the team is developing a new technique for supplying surfaces with channels less than five nanometers wide, about 10,000 times smaller than the width of the surface. human hair.
“Simply building new data centers without improving data storage technologies is not a viable solution,” said Dr. Matt Deary, who is leading the project, in a statement.
“We are increasingly facing the dangers of the so-called data warehousing crisis, and improved data warehousing solutions are essential to keep up with the demands of the modern world.”
The world lives a digital lifestyle that generates a wealth of data, and according to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), “The result of this increased reliance on data will be an endless expansion in the size of the global data domain.”
The report shows that the estimated zettabyte (ZB), a measure of digital storage capacity, in 2019 was only 45 (ZB), but by 2025 it is set to rise to 175 (ZB), and one zettabyte is equivalent to one trillion gigabytes.
“If you were able to store the entire world’s data on DVD, you’d have a single-layer Blu-ray stack that could get you to the Moon 23 times or orbit the Earth 222 times,” IDC shared in the report.
“We will use advanced polymer chemistry as a pathway to increase the amount of data that can be placed on storage media,” said Dr. Amit Kumar Sarkar, who recently joined the Aston University team. Significantly”.
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