Microsoft has issued an update on its Project Silica glass media storage research that reportedly positions it as a sustainable cloud storage solution.
The software giant said the technology can retain roughly 1.75 million songs or about 3,500 movies on a palm-sized glass sheet, and claims each sheet's 7-terabyte (TB) storage capacity can preserve data for 10,000 years.
Project Silica's storage process involves lasers generating data voxels inside the glass, a computer-controlled microscope reading the data, re-rendering data back into standard computer readable formats via the Azure AI artificial intelligence (AI) services platform, and robot-facilitated data retrieval.
Microsoft said glass data storage needs further work, and so is not yet ready for commercial usage.
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