Microsoft’s computer architect disclosed that the company is preparing plans for DNA Data Storing in DNA strands over the next few years. According to a report published in the MIT Technology Review, Microsoft is expected to have an operational storage system using DNA within a data center by the end of the decade.
At this time, the best and cheapest way to collect a lot of information in small places is the magnetic tape, which can keep the information for 30 years. But the data generation has reached the explosive level and magnetic taps have been very less useful. According to science alert reports Microsoft’s computer architects are considering some organic material such as DNA, in which large amount of digital information can be stored in a very small place for more than 70 years the data is about to be stored. Scientists have been talking about DNA Data Storing to store data for years, but the application’s been limited so far by high cost and errors in the data.
In DNA even a movie can be stored inside a volume smaller than a sugar cube because DNA can hold 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information in a cubic millimeter. In july 2017 Microsoft publicly announced it had stored 200 megabytes of data in DNA strands, including a music video, setting a record. The cost of DNA storage needs to fall before it becomes widely adopted. While many experts say that’s unlikely, Microsoft believes such advances could occur if the computer industry demands them.
Process of DNA Data Storing will also be critical and very slow as only 400 bytes per second but reading the data is easier . Because of slow data retrieving process any early use of the technology will be restricted to special situations.
However, scientists have to face the challenge to record the data as a nucleic acid sequence. “The use of open market materials will cost about $ 8 million on this process, which means that it will have to be cheaper thousands of times to become a competitive alternative,” the report said.
According to sciencealert’s report, new technology has reduced the cost of the gene sequence, from which Microsoft can fulfill its goal.