Network Storage

The volume of unstructured data—freeform information that does not fit neatly into databases organised by fixed categories—is exploding. By 2022, 93% of all digital data will be unstructured, IDG Research predicts.

Xillio, a content migration and integration specialist, is offering organisations a free download of its file share analysis software. This software comes with a range of standardized analyses to map network drives and pinpoint files with unknown extensions, very substantial files, potential duplicates or files that have not been opened for a long time.

As we generate more and more data, the need for high-density data storage that remains stable over time is becoming critical. New nanoparticle-based films that are more than 80 times thinner than a human hair may help to fill this need by providing materials that can holographically archive more than 1000 times more data than a DVD in a 10-by-10-centimeter piece of film.

Scientists from Australia and China have drawn on the durable power of gold to demonstrate a new type of high-capacity optical disk that can hold data securely for more than 600 years. The technology could offer a more cost-efficient and sustainable solution to the global data storage problem while enabling the critical pivot from Big Data to Long Data, opening up new realms of scientific discovery.

US startup FileShadow wants to offer providing “prosumers” and businesses a way to have all content stored on Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and Adobe Creative Cloud instantly findable regardless of location and “available for a lifetime”. FileShadow is hosted on the IBM Cloud utilising IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS).

A team of chemists and engineers at prestigious Brown University, an Ivy League institution in the US, are seeking a method to store and manipulate data in a way that has never been done before — by representing data using molecules dissolved in solution. Such a system could have the potential to store billions of terabytes of data in a single flask of liquid

Quantum has announced that LTO Ultrium format generation 8 technology, with 2X capacity gain and 20 percent performance improvements over LTO-7, will be available in its Scalar  tape libraries and StorNext AEL archive systems beginning in December 2017.

Have you heard of the “ zettabyte apocalypse ?” It’s a term coined to describe how organisations must be prepared to increase storage to an additional 40 to 60 zettabytes of data (per most analysts’ predictions) over the next four years or risk being left susceptible to the type of “apocalyptic” disasters—compliance violations and fines, data loss and theft, etc.—that could run them out of business.

Veritas has announced enhancements to the company’s flagship offering, Veritas Information Map, with new data connectors for 23 new data sources for both on-premises and cloud-based data storage repositories.

IBM Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage – their fifth since 2006. The new record of 201 gigabits per square inch in areal density was achieved on a prototype sputtered magnetic tape developed by Sony Storage Media Solutions.

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