The need for storage is growing rapidly worldwide. The gap between storage capacity and demand is expected to exceed 7.8 million petabytes by 2030. In such a scenario, old data may need to be deleted to make room for new data. This will put companies in a difficult situation, especially those with billions of AI data.
DNA-based storage areas will offer unlimited space
As the volume of data generated by Internet activity, digital devices, and IoT sensors continues to grow at an aggressive pace, businesses are quickly running out of time to solve a critical problem. Although hard drives and SSDs do a good job of holding and delivering the amount of data that servers and client devices need to run, they are predicted to be insufficient in the future.
When it comes to storage, LTOs (Linear Tape-Open) also stand out. LTOs, which are widely preferred in some areas for their low cost, also have some disadvantages. In LTO, where data can only be accessed sequentially, it can be quite difficult to find certain files.
Because of the storage problem that will increase in the near future, researchers continue to work on new ultra-dense and ultra-durable storage technologies. There have been several promising studies on this so far, but the DNA-based concept stands out.
DNA, the basic material of living organisms, consists of four molecular building blocks: adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T). These compounds join in pairs (AT and GC) to form the rungs of the famous double helix ladder.
Scientists have proven that one gram of DNA can store 215 PB (220,000 TB) of data. This structure can be used as an extremely dense and durable form of data storage by converting binary 1s and 0s into a four-letter genetic alphabet.
Emilie Leproust, CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience, which is investing heavily to bring the technology to life, says:
DNA promises to deliver the three most important things in storage: ultra-high density, affordability and resilience. We will need new technology to meet the projected storage demand of more than $7 billion in the coming years.
In its current form, this technology cannot yet be used effectively due to the time it takes to write data into DNA and various other difficulties. But our most important weapon to eliminate the storage problem still seems to be DNA.
Humanity is once again looking to its own body to solve its problems. So what do you think about the possible storage issue? You can share your opinion with us in the comment section.