It is now easier than ever to create digital content, but preserving that content remains a challenge. By 2025, it is estimated that the amount of data being stored globally from all sectors will reach a whopping 175 zettabytes. Mass migrations from obsolete storage formats will only add to the data storage tsunami, as there simply isn't enough storage media to manage the load, nor does the planet have enough raw materials to manufacture our current media ad infinitum.
Future technologies, and the actions that preservationists, archivists, and other stewards of digital content take today, will be crucial to stemming the tide going forward. Andrea Kalas, SVP of Asset Management at Paramount Pictures, sits down with Digital Bedrock founder and CEO Linda Tadic to discuss potential solutions, from R&D into alternative technologies still in their infancy, such as DNA storage, to concepts of hierarchical storage principles and appraisal policies that will help determine what content should be retained. The sooner we discuss and tackle these concerns, the better-equipped we will be to face them head on.