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New Datacenter Technologies

Save the day.
Lifetime after lifetime.

By 2025, electricity used by Information and Communication Technology could exceed 20% of the global total.*

Meanwhile, we just keep generating more data than we can store. Faster than we can store it. On networks that work too slow and cost too much to run.

That’s why we’re taking a new, cloud-centric approach to storage, networking, and the future of compute. Starting with…

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Revolutionary storage designed for the cloud era

This tiny piece of glass will fundamentally change the way we think about, store, and use data.

Glass plane with data and trademark

Each visible mark in the glass contains thousands of nano-grating structures that we call voxels. Eventually, we expect to be able to store hundreds of terabytes of data within a DVD-sized pane of glass. This requires a fundamental rethinking of how networks will transfer information.

Optics:
The light-speed evolution of networking

What if we could replace electrical switches with ultra-fast optical switching? Think about a prism. If we can control the color of the light entering it, we can control where the light will be transmitted. Such an optical network would operate at the speed of light and require virtually no energy. And now we’ve created a chip to make this possible.

Click on a color to see how

Resilient. Reliable. Sustainable. (And inexpensive.)

Glass outlasts all past competition. Compare it to some of the other ways we’ve been trying– and failing– to save the things that matter to us.

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Glass plane with data and trademark

Innovating for tomorrow. Today.

The possibilities for combining these radically disruptive technologies are boundless; they promise to completely redefine the way we store, access, and utilize the virtual oceans of data we’re producing on a daily basis.

To be able to securely, reliably store everything for 10,000 years or more would not only alter the way we understand and relate to memory, history, family, global markets, environmental change, and so on—it could even empower us to find solutions to the many new and unforeseen challenges our future holds.

*Andrae, A. & Edler, T. Challenges 6, 117–157 (2015). Article
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