​Sony Ups Optical Disc Archive Media to 3.3TB

Sony unveil the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive System, which adopts a new, high-capacity optical media developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic. This media, rated with a 100-year shelf life, doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB.

Optical Disc Archive technology is designed for use in near-line applications, deep archive storage or disaster recovery systems. Hardware configurations range from stand-alone to large, scalable robotic archive systems. The main components of ODA Generation 2 include: a stand-alone USB drive unit (ODS-D280U), an 8 GB fiber channel library drive unit (ODS-D280F), for use in robotic systems, and the Optical Disc Archive media cartridge (ODC3300R).

“Optical Disc Archive is one of our most modular technologies,” said Ellen Heine, Marketing Manager at Sony Electronics. “It can scale from a tabletop drive accepting a single cartridge at a time up to a library that supports petabytes of data. This technology crosses a number of markets and applications, and can be tailored to meet the unique requirements of individual organizations.”

Optical Disc Archive, launched in 2013, is supported by 42 companies.

Customers include ATM Grupa (Poland), ATV (Turkey), Beijing Television (China), KUAC-TV (US), National Film Board of Canada (Canada), San Marino RTV (San Marino), Sun TV Network Limited (India), Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria).

Sony Pictures Television is also planning to use an automated workflow to employ Optical Disc Archive as the primary archival medium for original camera negatives. Germany's ZDF will evaluate a small Generation 2 library as a candidate technology for future solutions, according to Sony.

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