With a worldwide increase in data coming from all manner of devices including meter data, it will be necessary to design and implement better ways of storing and securing extremely large volumes of data and maintaining back up systems. One of the ways in which smart people will store data is by decreasing the physical size of data storage devices or by increasing the capacity. 

This will hopefully mean that physical space will be required for storage but with much greater storage capacity available and that is a smart idea. One example of these efforts can be seen in those who have been working on holographic technology using lasers. We can expect that the data storage capacity of these devices will eclipse what is currently being used to store data. Holographic data storage technology is optical storage and the selection of newer and better materials, methods and products will pave the way for smart data storage so that it will be common for terabytes of data to be stored on commercially available products that will be released on the market.


There are currently billions upon billions of devices connected through the internet and we now have access to more data than ever before. Data Storage is not simply about storing data but also about interpreting it and making sense of it so that it can be used in a practical way or should we say a "smart way" so that business can flow more effectively, manufacturing carried out more efficient, energy usage and consumption become more efficient and basically all types of work flow in general. The follow media presentation gives us some ideas of smart people using data to make smart traffic systems , smart grid, smart healthcare, smart  public safety, smart supply chains and more.


What also may be of interest to someone investigating new developments is the field of nanotechnology which revolutionize the products that we are currently using today. What might seem impressive today will probably seem so outdated to the next generation who will want to see smaller devices packed with not only better data storage capabilities but also with the choice of an unimaginable number of functions. 


It is not possible to predict what exactly is going to happen over the next few decades but one thing is for sure and that is we are going to store more data, even Meter Data.