Facebook Eyeing Use Of ‘Cold Flash’ Storage For Photos, Videos

By David Cohen 

The term “cold flash” usually brings menopause to mind, but not for Facebook Director, Infrastructure Foundation Jason Taylor, who used the term to describe a new technology the social network is developing to store content that rarely changes, such as photos and videos.

Speaking at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, Taylor said most flash storage technology is aimed at making access to media faster and boosting its longevity, but cold flash takes the opposite approach, opting for low endurance and low performance, due to the fact that photos and videos on Facebook are WORM (write once, read many) media, which will not require several overwrites, PCWorld reported.

Taylor said Facebook would use cold flash to write data once and store it for readings, or viewings, over a long time period, and the scaled-down version of flash technology would keep it cost-competitive with other storage options, such as hard drives, PCWorld reported, adding:

Make the worst flash possible. The majority of that data will probably be written once and read never.

Taylor would not comment when asked if it was in discussions with flash vendors about producing cold flash products, according to PCWorld.

Readers: Does this sound like a logical technology for Facebook to pursue?

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