Businesses choose to sign up for online file storage because it is far more secure and reliable compared to traditional on-site storage in hard drives. The biggest benefit of data storage online is that you get to access this data from any place on the globe. You will not be required to carry pen drives, hard disks and other storage devices which you would otherwise have to when you store data locally.

Moreover, data storage online is always safer as you will not need to worry about data getting damaged and corrupted because of damages caused to the hard drives. It is also true that most online data storage providers offer robust data security measures to keep the data free from cyber attacks and hackers. Sharing data with others becomes easy which in turn improves productivity and promotes collaboration among employees. And finally, online data storage makes it easier for businesses to recover important files and documents. You can schedule automatic backups of your valuable data to prevent the hassles of backing these up manually.

What are some future data storage trends?

Just like we scoff at floppy disks today, there will soon come a time when our future generations will find the use of USBs and hard disks amusing. Future of data storage looks brighter than ever before with a huge variety of technologies starting right from DNA digital storage to helium hard drives all set to make their presence felt in our lives. Researchers are not going to leave any stone unturned till they have come up with the best solutions for businesses in terms of the performance, capacity, and size of storage media.

Helium Drives could be one of the newer technologies to look forward to. These helium-filled hard disks are filled with helium and not air and therefore they consume less power for spinning the disks. Thes disks can also rotate faster as there is lesser resistance as compared to air resistance and they run cooler. These helium drives for data storage in the future may be costly as of now, but they are likely to become affordable soon.

Shingled Magnetic Recording or SMR refers to another new hard drive-recording technique which allows higher capacity compared to traditional storage. They can squeeze the tracks closer and these tracks may overlap one another. So, more data gets written in the same amount of space. With new data getting written the tracks are trimmed and since the reader on the head of the drive is smaller compared to the writer, data can be still read off these trimmed tracks. There is no harm caused to data integrity.

DNA appears to be the most popular neo-storage technology. So, the DNA which can store biological information can now be used for storing other types of data. DNA can provide unbelievable storage density and this implies that any DNA drive, only about a teaspoon in size, can actually hold the whole world’s data. The best part about DNA drives is that it last forever, not like hard drives which will get damaged as they are susceptible to humidity and high temperatures. The downside is that this drive will take a very long time to read and this technology is so costly that it is beyond the means of businesses as of now. Not all of these innovative data backup technologies will live to see the light of the day; they may not become mainstream ever.

Scientists have also been devoting a lot of research time to developing holographic storage. These had been introduced as early as 2011 when GE had come out with these disks, the size of DVDs, which were capable of storing nearly 500 GB, with the data compressed into tiny holograms. These disks were seen to have longer shelf life.

Scientists are also looking at quantum storage for storing online data. Now, this technology is capable of storing limited data for a very short period of time. But, if it works in the future, then it could mean data sync between two points almost anywhere.

Storing data in five dimensions that is embedded in nanostructure inside a glass disc is another important futuristic data storage technology. The research team which came up with this innovative solution in the University of Southampton believes that this can store data for nearly 13.8 billion years. This is because the 5D glass disks will be able to protect the data from scratches and damages.

The tech giant Microsoft suggested keeping the cloud under water. The Project Natick was meant to enclose data centers within watertight capsules that were sunk under the Pacific Ocean off Washington coast. Two months later the steel container which was a data center having computing capacity of 300 PCs was pulled up and found to be absolutely safe. This success may lead Microsoft to come up with more underwater data centers in the future, but there are no plans as of now.