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Originally Posted On: https://www.softtechdevelopment.com/2020/05/09/biggest-problem-technology/
There is a coming day of reckoning for tech and it will be here soon. For years, our insatiable desire for data has brought fantastic advances in tech that was only seen in sci-fi movies only a handful of years ago. While we have done a great job of challenging our imagination with features and options, there is one limiting factor that needs to be dealt with NOW.
It is the crisis of data storage. Failure to address the elephant in the room will lead to breach vulnerability, exploding cost, and perhaps most damaging, the choking of future advances.
Data Storage Supply vs. Demand Worldwide
Can’t we just build more data centers?
Building a data center isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. These are huge buildings built to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes, terror attacks, and any other disaster, man-made or not. Even if you get past that hurdle, the enormous demands for electric power, battery backups, diesel generators, and cooling all make the proposition expensive and hardly environmentally friendly.
The reality is, it is not feasible to build data centers fast enough for the current and projected demand.
Ultimately consumers can expect slower load times, increasing fees, service interruptions, and more data breaches.
Big tech-forward companies like Apple and Oracle have been scrambling to buy data centers to protect their interests, but this is only delaying the inevitable. Eventually, it becomes a zero-sum game because, for every gig that gets stored, another has to be purged. For consumers, that means losing pictures of your wedding, graduations, and other precious memories you thought were stored forever. The consequences are even more severe if historical healthcare data is lost. It’s a life or death matter.
Tech entrepreneur and Bill Gates protege’ James Owens thinks he has a solution. Owens, owner of Soft-Tech Solutions developed what he calls “JOS Technology.” He explains how it works.
“The way data is stored on devices is terribly inefficient and it has always been this way.” Hard Drives store data (of varying sizes) randomly where the computer finds a block of space. Over time, appropriate space becomes harder to find and you are left with a checkerboard effect of unused hard drive waste. When it comes time to retrieve data, the hard drive repeats the process and reads all the bands until it gets to its intended data set. It’s time-consuming and antiquated.” – Owens says.
Longtime users of computers remember the exercise of “defragmenting” your data when your computer started to run slower than normal. Now, the process is mostly automatic, but the basic concept (and inefficiency) still exists. This is the primary reason current day devices can never store data at 100% capacity. Pockets of unused space in some cases may add up to a 40% loss.
In the case of smartphones alone, 40% available storage multiplied by 3.5 billion devices means that we can solve the data crisis immediately IF we can find a way to access it.
Number of Smartphone Users Worldwide From 2016 to 2021
Owens’ technology allows devices to use all of their available space and become more powerful in the process. 32 gig phones can operate like the more powerful 64 gig models. He offers this analogy. “It’s like a big game of Tetris,” the popular video game in the mid-1980s where players had to age blocks seamlessly and avoid any wasted space.” JOS arranges data in the same way by making it uniform in size and shape and laying it perfectly beside the piece of data before it on the hard drive. It makes having to defragment data unnecessary” He says.
The benefits aren’t limited to data storage. Speed is increased as well making the hard drive 10-20 times faster.
Currently, his patented process is being shown to investors interested in the technology. He is on record as saying, “We have working prototypes now and are arranging the strategic partners necessary for global adoption. We expect a roll out in the next 12-18 months.”
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