The future of data storage

The future of data storage

Really grasping how fast data has evolved is practically impossible. Do you remember when data storage equaled floppy disks? Or when it was stored on tapes or CD ROMs? And only 15-20 years ago! But when do storage options become obsolete? And which option is the safest one?

Data storage needs are constantly getting bigger. 20 years ago, a floppy disc stored 1.4 MB, followed by the CD ROM storing up to 700 MB. DVD storage began at 4.7 MB, and every day sees an rise in our need for storing data. We know that all too well, which means that we at any.cloud can offer virtually unlimited storage options, because we have a close and unique cooperation with IBM globally.

Our top priority is storing data in a filable format that works for decades to come and easily adapts to the technology of the future. Because who knows what the technology of the future is when it comes to data storage?
Data has become a big part of everyday life everywhere, and the quantity of unstructured data just keeps on growing and growing. In the long run, a decision re. which data that needs to be future-proofed is required, and so is finding an easier way than now.

Data storage: Future-proofing unstructured data

With our needs for storing data being on the rise, finding the right way of doing that can be hard, and in particular so with unstructured data. Unstructured data is often text-heavy and not consistent in its structure.

Let’s take emails: They all have senders, receivers and an indication of time. In other words, emails are structured data with the right labels, thereby making them easy to read. Other examples of unstructured data are pictures and sound clips, because even though your stored pics each have a number, that is not much use when what really matters is the motive!

That makes the task of looking up just what you want to find in a pool of unstructured data a hard one, and important data may be lost or deleted in that process. And how will you separate what you want to save from what you want to delete while going through endless numbers of unstructured files? That amount of data is just too hard to handle.

AI can organise unstructured data

AI (artificial intelligence) is a great way to shoulder that challenge, because AI has been trained to recognise patterns that the human mind does not see, thereby seeing and handling your files way faster than what is humanly possible. The service called Watson gets you visibility and the choice of looking for your data just the way you prefer. Watson instantly reads your unstructured data and makes sense of it all, which takes you straight to what you are looking for. That is made possible through the huge capacity of a supercomputer.

A lot of challenges come with the whole concept of storing data. We are not just talking about the GDPR aspects of processing personal data that needs to be stored safely and/or be deleted in accordance with certain deadlines, but about creating solutions that work for the people we are today as well as for the people we will become.

With an any.cloud solution, you can secure your continuity and do so with a visibility that makes your journey into the future a safe one. Our cooperation with IBM gets you full access to IBM Watson, and that is just the right partner for organising your unstructured data.
Let AI take you where you want to be.