Zerras: Future-Proofing Archival Storage with Nanophotonics

Lee Yee, CEO
It’s fascinating how the importance of data in the modern business world is evolving with each passing day. If the last 20 years were all about originality, accuracy, and speed, then the next two decades will be about data longevity and vitality. Growing concerns are around containing data storage costs, determining the ideal storage medium, securing data integrity and permanence, and preventing data loss. Amid this backdrop, organizations are looking for novel technologies and solutions to ensure long-term permanent data storage.

Standing right at the juncture of this emerging data economy is Zerras, a company helping organizations secure high-value data with nanophotonics.

“The world is storing more data, longer,” says Lee Yee, CEO of Zerras. “Our in-house optical storage archive products help organizations and industry partners manage rapidly increasing volumes of data while containing associated long-term storage costs that are rising from a new golden age of digital human transformation and automated experiences”.

Long-term data storage has always been an arduous affair, with organizations dwelling in uncertainty when it comes to picking the most effective medium for long-term data storage, curtailing data storage costs, or ensuring data security and permanence. An example of this is in law enforcement for evidence tracking and surveillance, in financial, medical, and insurance companies for digital records management and legal compliance.

Meanwhile, even if NFTs and crypto are sometimes recorded on public blockchains, many of those digital transactions and metadata needs to be immutably secured in off-chain, side chain or private chain data networks. Besides, equal attention is also drawn toward battling data loss by creating metadata around them and securely storing them in a continuous time-series fashion. The ICEBOX, a scalable optical storage archive designed and built by Zerras is proving to be the ideal solution to all these challenges. It is becoming the go-to option for storing data, across numerous domains and sectors such as modern library curation, legal documentation, compliance, digital preservation, and disaster recovery.

The state-of-the-art storage medium is designed for archival workflows where large file sets need to be permanently stored, secured, and retrieved over long periods of time. Due to this distinctive functionality, organizations involved in video and entertainment production, engineering, CAD, scientific research, education, and even government services use the ICEBOX to place their data into cold storage to conserve energy while protecting invaluable organizational assets from data loss.
In regions with high temperatures, creating an appropriate cooling facility becomes a cumbersome job. There’s a huge risk for degradation of the storage medium. This is where Zerras’ proprietary optical storage archive can be immensely practical and effective. Organizations can store data where it is protected against electromagnetic pulses, water, temperature fluctuation, cyber-attacks, or natural disasters.

With the advent of computer-generated environments like metaverse and digital twins, a tremendous amount of data is generated through digital creation tools and blockchain networks, platforms, and marketplaces. As the economics of data storage is changing, Zerras is playing a crucial role in helping organizations preserve high-value data assets.


The world is storing more data, longer. Our in house optical storage archive products help organizations and industry partners manage rapidly increasing volumes of data while containing associated long-term storage costs that are rising from a new golden age of digital human transformation and automated experiences

Looking ahead, Zerras is planning to launch the world’s most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly green storage library on earth, in collaboration with industry ecosystems. Using multilayer enterprise archival grade nanophotonic storage discs, for increased areal storage density, the optical storage archive library increases scale-out storage capacity to manage 25 terabytes of storage volume in remote or removable media capacity, while consuming the least amount of energy of any random access storage system. Finally, with an undying passion for resolving data storage issues in an increasingly digital world, Zerras is set to continue helping organizations reap the benefits of nanophotonic technology and protect their high-value data with new applications, form factors, and much needed certainty.

Company
Zerras

Headquarters
Santa Clara, CA

Management
Lee Yee, CEO

Description
Zerras designs and manufactures a range of innovative products based on nanophotonic technology for enterprises and industry partners that need to protect high-value data for the long-term. Its products are used for offline storage and on-demand access of any-scale content repositories and libraries.

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