Quantum’s experience building the world’s largest digital archives will help advance the use of DNA data storage to preserve vast amounts of valuable digital data
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Quantum Corp. (NASDAQ: QMCO) today announced that it has joined the DNA Data Storage Alliance to support the ongoing growth and development of the future DNA data storage market. Quantum has built some of the world’s largest digital archives, including those for the biggest hyperscale cloud providers and organizations that need to securely retain data indefinitely. This move signals Quantum’s commitment to establish the foundations for a cost-effective commercial archival storage ecosystem for the explosive growth of valuable digital data. Quantum’s digital archive experience and expertise will help the Alliance advance the use of DNA data storage to solve the challenges of preserving valuable digital data for centuries.
The need to preserve digital data indefinitely
DNA offers the potential to transform data storage, providing a stable medium that’s durable for up to thousands of years. It’s incredibly dense with a volume the size of a single grain of salt having a potential capacity for 10 full-length digital movies. DNA data storage could also enable a “forever format” that will never become obsolete, no longer requiring customers to migrate to next generations of a technology. As such, it’s estimated that 30% of digital businesses will mandate DNA storage trials by 2024, addressing the exponential growth of data poised to overwhelm existing storage technology.
Established in October 2020, the DNA Data Storage Alliance aims to drive awareness and adoption of DNA data storage through use cases and the development of an industrial roadmap. As a member, Quantum joins a diverse group of industry leaders that each contribute expertise on a unique aspect of synthetic biology and data storage and support the organization’s mission by contributing to white papers, events and technical discussions.
“With digital data now so central to the success of business, research, and other practices, there is an emerging realization that a massive amount of data will need to be kept indefinitely,” said Don Doerner, Technical Director, Office of the CTO at Quantum. “DNA storage holds great promise in addressing this challenge in the coming decades and we believe we can add a valuable perspective to help the DNA Data Storage Alliance achieve its goals.”
Quantum technology and services help customers capture, create and share digital content – and preserve and protect it for decades. With solutions built for every stage of the data lifecycle, Quantum’s platforms provide the fastest performance for high-resolution video, images, and industrial IoT. That’s why the world’s leading entertainment companies, sports franchises, researchers, government agencies, enterprises, and cloud providers are making the world happier, safer, and smarter on Quantum. Quantum is listed on Nasdaq (QMCO) and was added to the Russell 2000® Index in 2020. For more information visit www.quantum.com/.