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DNA data storage wants to standardize

The DNA Data Storage Alliance has joined the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) as a Technology Affiliate to begin technical work and standards development, and speed the development of an interoperable ecosystem, for DNA data storage.

The DNA Data Storage Alliance group was formed in 2020 by Illumina, Microsoft, Twist Bioscience Corporation and Western Digital. These four suggest DNA storage can deliver low-cost, high-density archival storage, with 10 full length digital movies fitting into a volume the size of a single grain of salt.  Another example; the volume of space inside an LTO tape cartridge is estimated to hold 100,000 times the number of DNA-bits as an LTO-9 tape in that same cartridge.

Steffen Hellmold, senior veep for Business Development, DNA Data Storage, at Twist Bioscience, issued a quote: “Joining SNIA as a Technology Affiliate is taking DNA to the big stage, signaling a maturity of DNA data storage technology and the fact that it is now ready for the next phase of the market evolution. Now is the time to build on the growing momentum and scale up the ecosystem to service the projected data storage demand within this decade.”

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