Seagate Working on Glass-Based Storage Units That Will Make HDDs and SSDs History


Seagate CTO John Morris has announced that they have started R&D studies for glass-based storage units. This explanation, which excites those who closely follow the sector, reveals that much larger data can be loaded on much smaller disks in the following periods.

The world is in a big digitization process and this increases the need for larger storage units. Experts predict that by 2025, 6 times more data will be produced compared to 2018, and this data will be approximately 175 zetabbytes in size. Of course, the rise of high-definition videos and the development of IoT technologies are the number one reason for the emergence of larger data.

Note: 1 zetabayt is 1 million terabytes. If the expectations are real, we will start talking trillion terabytes of data in the coming years.

Storage manufacturers have a common view of the future of storage units. This view is that the storage solutions that we will encounter in the coming years should be glass material themed. Moreover, there are various studies on this subject. For example; As part of Microsoft’s work “Project Silica”, engineers managed to collect 75.6 TB of data into a piece of silica found on a 2.5 inch hard drive only.

The world’s largest storage units are currently 20 TB in size and are in 3.5-inch form. So Microsoft’s Project Silica work is extremely exciting. Inspired by Microsoft’s project, Seagate is also working on glass storage solutions.

Seagate’s CTO, John Morris, one of the first companies that come to mind when it comes to storage units, excited those who followed the industry closely. Morris announced that Seagate is continuing its R&D studies for glass storage solutions in a laboratory environment. We can say that this statement will affect storage manufacturers such as Samsung, Toshiba and even Western Digital.

There are some challenges to overcome glass-based storage units. For example, such storage units are still read-only. In other words, one-time data is being written to these storage units for now. However, what is needed can be written and read many times. Touching on this issue, Morris states that the main challenge is to develop units that can read and write at reasonable levels.

The internet speed used worldwide has not reached terabit dimensions yet. This is another challenge for glass structures. Let’s say you have a storage unit of this size and you want to back up the data stored on the cloud platforms. If you start doing something like this with the current internet speeds, you won’t be able to see the backup end. However, whatever trillion terabyte in size sounds impressive.


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