Stories by Bruce Hoard

Data storage in a petri dish coming soon

Bacteria-based storage systems can save data for thousands of years while protecting it against nuclear explosions. Atoms can hold 250 terabits of data per square inch of surface area. There are organic thin-film structures with more than 20,000 write-read-rewrite cycles.

SAN interoperability still a burning issue

Storage analyst John Webster recalls telling attendees at a conference three years ago that there are users who make multivendor storage-area networks (SANs) work, but that most shy away from heterogeneity because the prospect is too scary. Users in the audience at the time agreed that multivendor SANs can work, Webster says. But many said they preferred to stay with a single vendor because it was easier, he recalls.