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IBM to slash cost of Big Data with “cognitive storage”

IBM is planning to shake up the storage and Big Data industries with a move to what it calls “cognitive storage”, which will use artificial intelligence to prioritise the data it holds.

Effectively the new technology will allow a system to learn about the data it holds and how important it’s likely to be to its owner, enabling it to make the most important information available more easily.

The work, from IBM’s Zurich research facility, is highlighted in this article in Computer Weekly (which also draws on information from elsewhere). The advantage will be that the system will decide independently on which storage medium is the most effective for a particular piece of data and will therefore select the cheapest which is fully compliant and fit for purpose – so where there is limited storage media, a low-level piece of correspondence can be kept on an inexpensive tape backup rather than a costlier piece of high tech.