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Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. on Monday announced that they have signed a basic agreement with the objective of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs, with the objective of expanding their archive business for long-term digital data storage.  The companies will target the development of an optical disc with recording capacity of at least 300GB by the end of 2015.

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content. Both companies have previously developed products based on the Blu-ray Disk format, leveraging the strengths of optical discs. However, both Sony and Panasonic recognized that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage in years to come given the expected future growth in the archive market, and responded by formulating this agreement.

Sony previously commercialized a file-based optical disc archive system in September, 2012. Based on optical disc technology that Sony cultivated for its XDCAM series of professional broadcasting products, this system houses twelve optical discs within a compact cartridge as a single, high-capacity storage solution. Each disc within the cartridge holds 25GB capacity, offering a total range of storage capacities from 300GB to 1.5TB.

In July this year, Panasonic launched its LB-DM9 series of optical disc storage devices. This series uses a dedicated magazine of just 20.8mm thickness to house twelve 100GB optical discs. A maximum of 90 magazines can be stored, providing a total storage capacity of 180TB. In addition, Panasonic adopted a newly-developed changer system together with RAID technology to offer rapid data transfer performance of up to 216MB/s, while also ensuring high reliability by protecting data from unforeseen faults.

In recent years, there has been an increasing need for archive capabilities, not only from video production industries, such as motion pictures and broadcasting, but also from cloud data centers that handle increasingly large volumes of data following the evolution in network services. Both Sony and Panasonic have a proven track record in developing Blu-ray Disc format technologies, and by actively promoting the adoption of a new standard for next-generation high-capacity optical discs, they intend to offer solutions that preserve valuable data for future generations.

Tags: Sony, Panasonic, Blu-ray

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0 3 [Posted by: thudo  | Date: 07/30/13 07:34:20 AM]
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Those are for backing up data no use as portable. Also, in case you didn't know, the Bluray disk are quite good scratch resistant. I agree, CDs and DVDs are utter crap when coming to data reliability.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 07/31/13 01:06:42 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: thudo  | Date: 07/31/13 11:13:43 AM]
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Enterprise don't even use USB 3.0, they use SAS HDD.

1 0 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 07/31/13 06:02:46 PM]
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No. BluRays in this instance are compared to portable storage which latest USB3.0 can easily accommodate while being massively ubiquitous, much MUCH faster, durable, etc etc. We're not talking Servers.
0 1 [Posted by: thudo  | Date: 08/01/13 07:22:03 AM]
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Of course, going by your logic, one tiny malfunction (a scratch or accidental drop) on HDD and I lose everything on my HDD.

BD-R is much cheaper than HDDs. 25 GB BD-R has an average cost of $1.2. So a 1 TB equivalent of BD-R only cost about $48.
0 0 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 07/31/13 06:06:13 PM]
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The chances of HDD/Key Drives/SDDs failing over-time (even on a fall) are FAR LESS than transporting a flimsy disc that may/may not play in someone's player. Couple the fact of their massive speed and ubiquitous connectivity..
0 1 [Posted by: thudo  | Date: 08/01/13 07:16:03 AM]
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Those idiots handling Optical Media ruined it, it was all about how cheap CD/DVD to manufacture, and with BluRay shit hit the fan, and there is no reason to purcahse a BR device what so ever when you can grab USB 3.0, smaller, portable and you can skimp on purchasing A BR player cause all new computers have USB 3.0
0 2 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 07/31/13 02:10:54 AM]
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What on earth for? Nobody needs another optical disc format. It is a truly obsolete media that needs to die. I do hope they fail, big time.
1 1 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 07/31/13 05:25:06 AM]
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Let's see, only 22.4% of the US population signed up for "broadband" internet. Going by your logic, 77.6% of the population would have to watch movies using slow internet.

Only way to replace optical media entirely is:

* Significant improvement on US internet infrastructure, which won't happen, or else why the bandwidth cap?

* NAND (SSD/Flashdrive/memory card) price goes down significantly. This may happen eventually, but not now.
0 0 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 07/31/13 06:11:36 PM]
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I believe I have about 20 TB of data to store.

My own data and backups. How exactly could I store these on a 256 GB USB 3.0 drive ? Impossible.

I also have 6 hard drives (one 500 GB, one 300 GB and 4 x 1 TB) that have failed on me during the past 4 years. Not reliable.

I have about 1000 CDs and just as much DVDs that a usually check once every three years. Some discs are over 15 years old and work perfectly. Possible and reliable.

If I would like to rent 20 or 30 TB of cloud storage, I'd probably pay hundreds of dollars each month. Economically nonviable.

When you step out of your home user paradigm, you immediately see why we still need optical storage.

And even cloud solutions have many problems, not only the financial cost.

In the cloud :

a) your data may be inaccessible due to no network connectivity;

b) your data might not be productively accessible due to low bandwidth as with many public, hotel or 3G connections;

c) your data, all of it is exposed to hacking. At home, even a bugler might have to turn your whole house upside down to find a certain file, on a certain disc, stored in a certain drawer, in a certain room;

In the cloud, the one who gets access to your account, automatically has easy and fast access to all of your data.

d) there are chances that your data might simply be lost, by a simple administration error or a system error. The chance is just as small as your whole house burning to the ground, with all your discs inside, but that chance exists;

Therefore cloud storage is really not the perfect solution. It's one solution among others with its advantages and obvious costs and disadvantages.

P.S. Reinstalling Steam games is still a huge waste of time for me.

When I used DVDs, it took me some minutes to install one game and then I could benchmark with it for years and write my reviews in peace.

Now Steam often says "you need to reinstall this and that" and I often waste a few hours a week reinstalling the games that "decide" not to function properly anymore.

It may be related to the fact that I change the hardware often, but this absolutely never happened in Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament days.

So no, cloud is not a panacea and we still need affordable optical storage.

4 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 07/31/13 01:27:03 PM]
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Well said, East17.
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