Potential Game-Changing Development?

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-04-28 Print this article Print

A Potential Game-Changing Development?

Does this holographic disk storage breakthrough have the potential to be a game-changing one in any of the markets?

"Game changing? While everyone likes to say change is constant, it's also true that one constant is inertia," Enterprise Strategy Group storage analyst Mark Peters told eWEEK.

"Nothing changes overnight. IT has a lot invested [both hardware and knowledge] in the traditional way of doing things. However, this does sound interesting."

Although the talk about the new high-capacity disks is about potential capacities and price points, it doesn't talk about that other key aspect-performance, Peters said.

"However-and making a lot of assumptions around reliability, longevity, interoperability, etc.-where a large, cheap serial/random access device could have a role is as a competitor to large HDDs [hard disk drives]," Peters said.

"This could be heightened as SSDs [solid-state drives] gradually take the I/O load and leave the capacity load to disks. Frankly, whether the less active, persistent data is on a traditional HDD, a new microholographic platter or my dinner plate doesn't matter, as long as it fulfills the basic requirements at the best price."

Specific markets for the high-capacity disks will be determined by their actual and eventual attributes, Peters said. However, the portability of such media makes for a wide range of options beyond traditional data center environments, he added.

"I guess I'm not going to change my expectations just yet. There's also, for example, a long way to go with solid-state storage-and not just as SSDs," Peters said.

"Remember that it's only a few years ago that any of us were thrilled to get a USB storage stick as a 'freebie,' and now we're drowning under them. Solid state-and even spinning technologies, such as vertical recording-has the potential to grow exponentially, too, in the time it will take for this holographic technology to become commercially viable.

"Bottom line? Interesting."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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