The interesting thing about archiving and long-term-storage is the fact that we are not capable of correlating long-term thinking with our day to day business.
Remember: each day we see the effects of Moore’s Law: storage becomes dead cheap, CPU power becomes immense, bandwidth and online access becomes ubiquitous. Each year. No exception.
And now we think about long-term storage. Hey folks, this isn’t two years time span here. Our customers are talking about 10-50 years. And of course, we all assure them that their data is safe for this time and that in 50 years they can still read it.
Sheer folly. Nobody knows what will be in 50 years and whether storage then will have any similarity to today. Essentially, we can only say that we do our best to ensure that their data will survive all evolutions and revolutions in between, and that in 50 years, their implanted data processor will render some kind of representation of todays document to their retina. As I said: do our best.
Let’s look at some areas which come to mind, where this problem hit’s home and people offer solutions which frankly spoken will be obsolete within the decade: (more…)