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Film Companies Turn to Glass for Better Data Storage

November 28, 2019 / Jessica Messier

Film companies are looking at new ways to preserve how their media is produced and archived. Specifically, Warner Bros. and Microsoft recently joined forces to test Project Silica, a project that uses laser optics and artificial intelligence to store data in quartz glass, TechSpot reports. Project Silica’s storage process involved burning “voxels” into glass in a 3D array “to allow for a high storage density;” a piece of glass that is 2 mm thick can contain over 100 layers of voxels “that physically deform the glass through laser pulses,” TechSpot reports. One of the main purposes of the project is finding new ways to develop long-term storage solution for the cloud, especially as storage demand increases and moves away from “traditional magnetic media.” Warner Bros. was looking for a solution like this for its “cold” data, which entails archived, valuable data that isn’t frequently accessed. Its current solution i...