General Introduction_Piql

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Why Piql?

Amount of data continues to exponentially grow and doubles every two years. Around 20% of all that information has immeasurable financial, cultural or legal value, and if such information is misused, manipulated or lost, the consequences are alarming. Piql’s mission is to safeguard this irreplaceable information and give governments, organizations, businesses and individuals peace of mind.

DIGITAL DARK AGE Vice president of Google Vint Cerf, also known as the “father of the internet”, fears that future generations will have little or no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he describes as a “Digital Dark Age”. Documents, presentations, images and even films will be lost due to all hardware and software eventually becoming obsolete. Our digital memory risks being lost in in an accelerating digital revo- lution, says Cerf. So far the only way to avoid this problem, has been an endless chain of migration. This means that stored data needs to be up- dated to a new file-format and moved to a new storage medium every 3-5 years. This causes some major challenges: • Loss of data (Bit rot, data corruption, data loss and security issues) • High operational costs (App. EUR 2 000,- pr. terabyte pr. year) Migrating data represents 60% of large enterprise IT projects. By not migrating the data will be lost or impossible to retrieve due to obsolescence of storage medium, reading device and/or file formats.

“ Even if we accumulate vast archives of digital content, we may not actually know what it is. Vint Cerf, “Father of the internet”

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