Holographic storage has been a topic of interest for many years among those in the tech industry. It has the potential of becoming a cost-effective storage alternative to DVDs and Blu-ray discs, but we’ve yet to see any commercially available solutions. Researchers from General Electric’s technology development arm have brought the technology one step closer to reality, however, demonstrating a new micro-holographic storage material that can support Interestingly, the company claims that the hardware and formats are so similar to current optical storage technology that micro-holographic players will be backwards compatible with CDs, DVDs and BDs. The technology is still in the developmental phase at this point, and General Electric's first priority will be to target it to commercial markets like the electronic archiving industry, but consumer development will reportedly follow.