Are We Running Out of Internet Storage?

In 1 second of you reading this blog post, nearly 2,980,893 emails have been sent worldwide of which 67% are spam emails according to internetlivestats. There are around 4.7 billion internet users in the world right now which comprises nearly 60% of the total population of the entire world. Whoa, wait a minute, where does this data get stored and will we ever run out of internet storage? That’s an interesting question to ask and believe me the answers are really surprising.

What is the Internet?

The Internet is a ‘network of networks’. If any two devices communicate with each other with the help of any medium, then an internet connection is said to be established between them. Let’s say you have your bluetooth earbuds connected to your phone and your phone is connected to your laptop. That’s an example of the Internet of Things. That being said, you can now imagine the scope of the internet.

Let’s have a look at some astonishing results of the usage of the internet.

Source:- internetlivestats

Data Storage

If you upload something on any social media platform or to your personal online cloud storage, it gets stored in a particular server (something which serves something) of a server farm built by the respective organization. A server farm consists of hundreds and thousands of powerful computers which store data and deal with encryption, requests, responses, databases, compression, etc. but we will keep that for another blog post.

As per statista, in 2017, there were around 8.4 million data centers all around the world and they are expected to increase. But again, servers need space. Should we be concerned about it? What are the alternate technologies that might be developed to satisfy our data storage needs?

DNA-based Storage

DNA storage works by encoding the binary data (0s and 1s) into a series of DNA sequences (A,T,C,G) and then storing them under certain physical conditions. You can also modify and retrieve data.

Source:- Nature

5D Optical Data Storage Glass

This tiny glass disc can store up to 360 Terabytes of data for approximately 13.8 billion years (13.8 x 10^9). That’s crazy. This technology is developed by the scientists at the University of Southampton, UK. According to the scientists, the nanostructured glass can attain thermal stability up to 1000 degrees Celsius. The data is stored on this glass by using a laser. The data can also be read by using an optical microscope coupled with a polarizer. Such a type of technology can be extremely useful for preserving historical data.


So, will we run out of data storage? No, not anytime soon because Moore’s Law is still proving itself. Maybe we could download a human brain.

That’s all for now. Signing off.

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