Microsoft is working on a glass-based data storage medium called Cerabyte that is resistant to ransomware attacks. This technology is being developed for integration into Microsoft’s data centers that support Azure Cloud services. The Cerabyte solution utilizes quartz glass as its foundation for storing information, offering a virtually eternal storage option that can hold 1TB of data in just 1 square centimeter. It involves the use of high-speed Femtosecond lasers to inscribe information on square glass platters, which are then vertically stacked. Polarized microscopic technology and AI tools are used to process and decode the information into analog signals, seamlessly converting between digital and analog data. Microsoft believes that this technology has great potential for critical sectors such as healthcare, finance, and research, making cloud data centers more resilient against malware attacks. However, the technology is still in the early stages of development and may pose economic challenges compared to tape storage, which remains a more economically viable option for archival needs.
1. Microsoft is developing a glass-based data storage medium resistant to ransomware attacks.
2. The Cerabyte solution uses quartz glass and can store 1TB of data in just 1 square centimeter.
3. High-speed Femtosecond lasers and AI tools are used to inscribe and process information on glass platters.
4. This technology has potential applications in critical sectors such as healthcare, finance, and research.
5. However, further research and development efforts are needed, and tape storage remains a more economically viable option for archival needs.