100TB cartridges set to rival tapes, hard drives, DNA for data archiving dominance

While cloud storage remains the most visible part of consumer storage in the entire tech ecosystem, the part that requires the most capacity remains hidden. Long-term archiving and data storage by hyperscalers and service providers has gained steam over the past decade as more of our lives – especially during the COVID lockdown – took place online.

Optical storage (think DVD and Blu-ray) has been in the shadows, while tape, exotic media (such as silica or DNA), and hard drives vie for supremacy in the hotly contested realm of archiving. But a newcomer Folio Photonicsaims to deliver the goods faster than anyone else by putting a new spin on existing optical technology.