Microsoft Creates Holographic Drives

Microsoft Creates Holographic Drives, thanks to the cameras of modern smartphones

Microsoft is no longer limited to flash drives and hard drives to meet the seemingly rampant demand for cloud storage. At the Ignite conference yesterday, Microsoft announced Project HSD, a new research initiative that explores how holographic drives can be used to store cloud data.

Although this may seem impossible, the idea of ​​holographic storage has existed since the 1960s. Microsoft believes that now you can effectively use this media thanks to modern smartphone cameras.

“As part of Project HSD, we are exploring the possibility of using holographic memory in rewritable electro-optical materials to store” hot “data to see if this technology makes sense in the age of cloud computing,” Microsoft said.

Holographic memory works by writing and reading data from an optical crystal. Because it is a three-dimensional storage medium, it allows you to store a large number of data sets. It can then be passed through a UV light and reused.

In the future, the company plans to work to increase the amount of holographic data and the speed of reading and writing data. Last year, Microsoft also demonstrated Project Silica, an archival “cold storage” solution where data is written once and only for infrequent access.