The future of storage: holographic and phase-change

Posted on Thursday, Oct 01 2009 @ 05:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARS Technica comes back from EmTech 09 with some details about the future developments in the storage industry, this includes holographic storage and phase-change memory. You can read it over here.
Last week's EmTech 09 meeting played host to a panel discussion on the future of data storage. All three of the panelists were from companies that have a poorly known product on the market, and each of them discussed improvements that are in the pipeline, which we'll cover towards the end of this article. But they also provided a more general overview of the challenges facing storage technology at a time when data production is beginning to outstrip our ability to cope with it.

Ed Doller, of memory maker Numonyx, put things into perspective by discussing the launch of the iPhone 3GS. The hardware itself doesn't store all that much, but its capabilities led to downstream issues: within a few weeks of its release, mobile uploads of videos to YouTube had shot up by roughly 400 percent, and it's likely that other data-intensive activities will follow personal video before very long.


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