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What Will Records Management Be Like In 100 Years? Part 2

A quantum leap into the future of Records Management.


In “What Will Records Management Be Like In 100 Years? Part 1” we looked at Holographic Data Storage as a future storage technology. In today’s article, we look at Quantum Storage Technology.

In order to understand what quantum storage is you first need to know about quantum computing.

While still very much at an experimental stage, the quantum computer makes use of quantum-mechanical phenomena to carry out data operations. Today’s computers encode data into bits or binary digits, these bits can be in one of two states, that is ‘1’ or ‘0’. A quantum computer¹ would use qubits. A qubit has three possible states, ‘1’, ‘0’ or both. The latter state is known as the superposition.

So what is the big deal about a bit versus a qubit?

“A few hundred qubits can contain more classical bits of information than the universe has atoms.” ²

In that statement is summed up the vast possibilities for records management technology in the future. Today it is common to speak of terabytes (TB) when referring to the size of data storage media such as hard drives. Perhaps in 100 years’ time through quantum storage it will be common to speak of a yottabyte, which is the equivalent of 1 trillion terabytes.

Of course, we are a long way away from quantum storage as there are still many challenges that need to be overcome, not least that of being able to preserve information stored as qubits. Currently data degrades within fractions of a second.

Iron Mountain may not be able to offer you quantum storage today, but we do offer state-of-the-art document storage facilities, professional service, and knowledgeable staff to take your records management program to new frontiers.

And who know, in 100 years’ time we may just give you a quantum leap.


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