Microsoft’s Project Silica aims to show that glass is the future of long-term data storage.

To prove its usefulness outside the lab, Microsoft partnered with Warner Bros. to write the 1978 Superman film into glass with lasers.

To see the whole process and the Superman glass, CNET visited Microsoft’s Research Lab in Cambridge, England and Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.

Microsoft Research posted this video about Project Silica, a research project that was highlighted earlier this week at Ignite 2019.

Data that needs to be stored long-term is growing exponentially. Existing storage technologies have a limited lifetime, and regular data migration is needed, resulting in high cost. Project Silica designs a long-term storage system specifically for the cloud, using quartz glass.

Read the blog at https://aka.ms/AA6faho
Learn more about the project at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/video/project-silica-storing-data-in-glass/