About Akonia

Akonia Holographics, LLC was founded in August of 2012 to develop advanced data storage technologies based on holography. Holographic data storage (HDS) promises to preserve the world’s burgeoning digital data in a highly stable three-dimensional photopolymer medium with a proven archival life exceeding 50 years. The Akonia Holographics prototype is the most advanced functional HDS system in the world.



  • LONGMONT, CO., Mar. 10, 2015 – Akonia Holographics has demonstrated the recovery of holographic data recorded at a record-breaking raw areal density of 2.0 Terabits per square inch.  This represents approximately double the announced densities of the most advanced shipping hard drives, and 15 times the density of Blu-ray BDXL. To achieve this milestone, Akonia […]

  • Making Big Data Possible: Evaluating New Ways of Storing Data on a Massive Scale. A Storiant-commissioned survey of 100 CIOs in the U.S. from April 2014.

  • Akonia Holographics, LLC, Longmont, CO, has been assigned a patent (8,786,923) developed by Ernest Y. Chuang, Boulder, CO, Kevin R. Curtis, Longmont, CO, and Yunping Yang, Los Angeles, CA, for “methods and systems for recording to holographic storage media.” The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “According to […]

  • Holographic data storage brings the benefits of high-density random access optical media to the archive market LONGMONT, Colo., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Akonia Holographics has demonstrated world-record data storage density of 1.35 Terabits per square inch using a state-of-the-art holographic drive architecture with its new cutting edge photopolymer media. “This milestone is the first […]

  • February 16, 2014 – Akonia Holographics, LLC was one of 12 companies to receive DOE SBIR Fasttrack funding for its project titled “Low-Latency Ultra-High Capacity Holographic Data Storage Archive Library”.   During this SBIR grant cycle, there were 1800 applicants and a total of 154 awards, 12 of which were FastTracks awards that are combination Phase […]

  • November 2012 – Akonia Holographics moved into its newly renovated 12,400sqft office space in Longmont, CO.  This space includes approximately 7000sqft of lab space for performing advanced development on its holographic storage product and houses Akonia’s media prototype manufacturing line as well as drive prototype drive manufacturing build line.

  • August 10, 2012 – Akonia Holographics closed on a $11.6M round of series A funding on August 10th.  The company will be developing the world’s first holographic storage device that will compete in the enterprise archive storage market.   Akonia’s founders,  Dr. Ken Anderson (CEO), Dr. Mark Ayres (CTO), and Dr. Fred Askham (VP Media […]



  • Frank Frankovsky, VP of Facebook’s hardware design

    A large portion of the world’s data is going to be warm to cold data, and we need something better than tape and disk to store it.

  • Eric Schmidt, Google

    There were 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days.

  • Alan Turing

    In my opinion this problem of making a large memory available at reasonably short notice is much more important than that of doing operations such as multiplication at high speed. Speed is necessary if the machine is to work fast enough for the machine to be commercially valuable, but a large storage capacity is necessary if it is to be capable of anything more than rather trivial operations. The storage capacity is therefore the more fundamental requirement.

  • Bill Gates

    We look toward an exotic improvement called holographic memory, which can hold terabytes of characters in less than a cubic inch of volume. Which such capability, a holographic memory the size of your fist could hold the contents of the Library of Congress.

  • Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to the CEO at Microsoft

    What we are seeing is the ability to have economies form around the data—and that to me is the big change at a societal and even macroeconomic level.

  • Jeff Davidson, Award-winning Author

    The data-storage curve is rocketing upward at the rate of 800 percent per year. Organizations are collecting so much data they’re overwhelmed.