Companies Benefit from Utilizing Information Delivery Solutions with Connectors
December 4, 2012
Where does one store 700 terabytes of data? Forbes sheds light on an answer from John Hopkins‘ scientists in the recent article, “What If Big Data Is Too Big? A Radical Solution May Be in DNA.” No more libraries, no more hard drives, just plain old DNA. Could this be the future of information storage and delivery?
Using DNA as just another digital storage device by manipulating the composition of the DNA molecules is the name of their game. This new method of storage would be a move away from binary data encoded as magnetic regions on a hard drive. While current solutions for information storage technology is rapidly improving at 50% per year, gene-sequencing technology could improve even more quickly.
We learned the following from the article:
With the reams of digital data we’re creating, there’s an immense potential for DNA to be a stable, long-term archive for ordinary information, such as photographs, books, financial records, medical files, and videos—all of which today are stored as computer code on fallible, power-hungry storage devices that, unlike DNA, become obsolete. Church’s next project is to build a biological VCR. His vision is to record everything that happens around us and archive the information in DNA.
While this may be feasible eventually, the focus for business is on the here and now. Luckily, there are many next-generation information storage and delivery technologies. PolySpot is a prime example of one using premier resources available like connectors to enable organizations to wrangle the beast of big data.
Megan Feil, December 4, 2012