IBM builds better data storage device
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IBM builds better data storage device

In a technological landscape where big data and cloud computing are vying for infrastructure space, it's important that organizations have a game plan for handling all these storage requirements. In some cases, the incoming stream of information could be too much for these corporations to manage, putting them at risk for compliance failures, as simply stuffing these documents into the nearest available hard disk drive or tape storage device won't create any sort of order in the chaos. Extracting analytics from these resources is a growing trend, but without any structure or file tracking solutions in place, it could be strenuous to review these resources.

IBM has pioneered a solution that could help resolve some of these issues. Nano-photonic chips are poised to make a major splash in the big data industry, as these innovative devices provide the speed and capacity that organizations until now had to buy multiple instruments to achieve.

According to Data Center Knowledge, the nano-photonic silicon chips combine electrical and optical circuits on the same device. The tool can handle huge volumes of data at a time thanks to pulse technology, feeding light bursts through narrow channels that can transmit at high speed and volume. By combining these two attributes, organizations can push their file systems to the next level without purchasing a variety of devices.

International Business Times reported that nano-photonic instruments are a migration of earlier silicon chip technology into a more modern capacity. The way that data moves through these devices allows for up to a terabyte of information to be transferred at once, far beyond what conventional devices can handle today. Primarily intended as a big data initiative, the major selling point for IBM, according to researcher Solomon Assefa, is that it can manage huge volumes of data more easily and quickly than other devices. With many technology experts forecasting that the big data boom will continue to accelerate until 2020, finding tools that do precisely what IBM's nano-photonic chip accomplishes has been a dream of IT pros and executives.

Small size, huge potential
Certain industries are already making use of nanochips, as the size and innovative qualities of these devices is realized. Since these chips carry so much power and are so small, they can be put into traditional computing systems and standard electronics, as well as state-of-the-art identification and security solutions.

"This technology breakthrough is a result of more than a decade of pioneering research at IBM," said researcher John Kelly. "This allows us to move silicon nanophotonics technology into a real-world manufacturing environment that will have an impact across a range of applications."

Engadget reported that the world of counterfeiting and biometrics is about to change, with this new resource being implanted in all manner of textiles and fabricated materials. IBM is using its nano-photonic processors in a water solution to create unique stamps composed of tiny rods of data, which align themselves in specific orientations when introduced to an electronic current. Because these microscopic imprints are invisible to the naked eye and unique to each printing, replicating the markings is impossible. Combining this technology with paper money, computer identification devices and other anti-fraud tools could revolutionize the way people and organizations protect their assets.