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optical media still readable - 1 billion years AD?

Editor:- March 22, 2016 - the possible longevity of new optical media - which is being investigated by researchers at my alma mater - along with arguments from Google that use cases for enterprise hard drives aren't yet done and dusted - are among the articles in a new edition of SSD Bookmarks Series - recommended to you by Infinidat (which markets multi-petabyte storage appliances). the article

Editor's comments: that "1 billion years" in my headline is less than what the researchers claim. Their press release talked about "13 billion years".

But as that warranty period takes it beyond the current scientifically projected life of the Earth-Sun system I figured that no one would be around to test it. Instead such mythical future data users would more likely migrate the data when they pack the inter-galactic Ark. (Unless they're dead-star cold-data archeologists.)
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40 Years of Data Archiving

Editor:- October 13, 2009 - KOM Networks today celebrated 40 years of secure archiving.

"We may not be a household name" said Kamel Shaath, CTO of KOM Networks "but our customers are, and they rely on us to protect, preserve, secure, store and retrieve their most critical data."

KOM Networks is credited for the creation of the first software to manage optical disks in 1983, the first optical storage management software for Windows NT in 1995, and the first virtual file system with electronic file lifecycle management in 2001. storage history

Aleratec Names New VP Sales and Marketing

Editor:- May 5, 2009 - Aleratec today named Howard Wing to lead the company's sales and marketing activities.

Howard Wing's recent experience includes VP of Sales and Marketing at Plextor where he was actively involved in industry initiatives to bring USB 2.0 and SATA interfaces to the optical disc markets.

GE Talks About 500GB Opticals

NISKAYUNA, N.Y - April 27, 2009 - GE researchers have successfully demonstrated a micro-holographic storage material that can support 500GB in a standard DVD-size disk.

"GE's breakthrough is a huge step toward bringing our next generation holographic storage technology to the everyday consumer," said Brian Lawrence, who leads GE's Holographic Storage program. "Because GE's micro-holographic discs could essentially be read and played using similar optics to those found in standard Blu-ray players, our technology will pave the way for cost-effective, robust and reliable holographic drives that could be in every home."

Editor's comments:- researchers in the optical storage industry always sounds optimistic - like those in the cancer cure research market.

If you extrapolated from all the many times that cancer has been cured in rats - you could reasonable expect that the human race would be cured of this scourge by now. For decades a series of optical storage startups have been promising to deliver drives that match hard drive capacity at lower cost. I've got enough lists on this site already. So I'll spare you that one.

Moser Baer Announces Certification for 6x Blu-ray Media

New Delhi, India - December 23, 2008 - Moser Baer today announced that it has received product verification from the Blu-ray Disc Association for its next generation blu-ray 1x-6x discs.

With this certification, Moser Baer has become the first company outside Japan to develop and ship BDR 1x-6x media. The next generation BD formats have a capacity ranging from 25GB to 50GB and offer more than 5 to 10x the data storage capacity of standard DVD media. This latest innovation from Moser Baer has come in close partnership with OM&T, its Netherlands-based subsidiary. ...Moser Baer profile, Storage ORGs, optical storage drives

Call/Recall Announces Laser Diode Partner

San Diego – May 27, 2008 - Nichia Corp and Call/Recall, Inc have agreed to jointly develop a high-capacity optical disc recording and playback systems.

The platform is designed around Nichia commercially available violet and blue laser diodes and Call/Recall's terabyte media.

Call/Recall anticipates being able to release a Blu-ray compatible disk as well as a backward compatible player able to read Blu-ray disks as well as Call/Recall's higher capacity formats. Call/Recall also intends to use the technology for the enterprise market for the archiving of corporate information. ...Call/Recall profile, optical storage drives

HD DVD Takes Early Retirement

Editor:- February 18, 2008 - industry rumors speculate that Toshiba may pull the plug on its HD DVD standard conceding to Blu-ray.

Blu Ray marketers will be rejoicing - but this media war is a side issue.

4 years ago in an article called Do CDs and DVDs Have a Long Term Future? I warned that the 20 year long run of removable consumer optical media which started with the CD - would come to an early end.

In a follow up article (published Jan 2007) Don't be Taken in by Blu Ray vs DVD Sophistry I predicted that neither Blu Ray nor HD DVD would have a long market life - because internet downloads would replace physical disks as the primary form of non broadcast movie distribution.

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Re Optical Storage
by Zsolt Kerekes, editor -

Editor:- when I started in 1998 there was a lot of industry excitement about the promise of optical storage.

Marketers in optical storage companies set the hype volume at a high level - which was necessary in those days for anyone to be heard above the din of the dotcom boom.

It was not uncommon to read claims like:-
  • "Our optical disks will offer more capacity than hard drives." and / or
  • "Our new optical storage will be faster than hard disks." and / or
  • "Optical storage will replace tape and disks as the primary backup medium."
Although hundreds of millions of dollars got poured into such ventures (a small dribble compared to the the multi-billion dollar VC storage stream) nothing very significant ever came out the other end. And certainly nothing approaching the aspirations of the industry.

Instead the optical storage industry has settled into a comfortable sort of middle age couch potato early retirement. Instead of offering revolutionary products - they're mostly content churning out bits of shiny plastic for delivering music or movies.

There are still some comnpanies flogging the dead horse of optical backup and archiving. But for most users - the proposition of backing up a single hard disk onto 10 or more optical ones - doesn't sound like a better way to do things.

Every couple of years - the rallying cries from the old pretenders (or new ones) of optical storage are heard again. But after a few flurries and flag waving press releases - they go quiet and nothing more is heard.

If anything does happen to change that - I'll let you know.
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Optical has passed the test of time
"End users have become considerably more concerned about their data and how to comply with the onslaught of regulations regarding that data. Optical has passed the test of time and litigation and has proven itself as the gold standard for data protection."

Quote from Roy Slicker, Pegasus President and CEO Pegasus Disk Technologies from a featured press release
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the Impact of Compliance on Archival Storage Strategies - article by Plasmon
It's difficult enough protecting and archiving your data so that it's available to the right people at the right time (and cost). But now that's only part of the problem. With so many new rules and regulations which prescribe how you should destroy data records at the appropriate time - how do you guarantee that they stay deleted?

Archiving data on the wrong kind of media could mean you run the risk of breaking the law. Advances in the data recovery industry, and the future cohabitation of storage search-engines both mean that Compliance Officers have to pay much more attention to the ways in which data is dispersed and disposed of in different types of media.

This article summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of currently available market technologies. ... read the article, ...Plasmon profile, Optical Libraries
3 things that could have killed the flash SSD market
The emerging size of the flash SSD market as you see it today was by no means inevitable. It owes a lot to 3 competing storage media competitors which failed to evolve fast enough in the Darwinian jungle of the storage market in the past decade.

One of these 3 contenders is definitely on the road to extinction - but could one of the other 2 still emerge to threaten flash SSDs?

The article - SSD's past phantom demons explores the latent market threats which hovered around the flash SSD market in the past decade. They seemed real and solid enough at the time.
SSD past phantom demons image - click to read the article Getting a realistic perspective of flash SSD's past demons (which seemed very threatening at the time) may help you better judge the so-called "new" generation of nv memory contenders - which are also discussed in the article. the article

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