|Re Optical Storage|
Editor:- when I
started STORAGEsearch.com in 1998
there was a lot of industry excitement about the promise of optical storage.
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
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 /
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.
- "Optical storage will replace
disks as the primary backup
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
If anything does happen to change that - I'll let you know.
|40 Years of Data Archiving|
October 13, 2009 - KOM
Networks today celebrated
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
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.
Aleratec Names New VP Sales and Marketing
May 5, 2009 - Aleratec
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
N.Y - April 27, 2009 - GE researchers have successfully demonstrated a
micro-holographic storage material that can support 500GB in a standard
"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."
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,
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.
platform is designed around Nichia commercially available
violet and blue laser
diodes and Call/Recall's terabyte media.
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.
profile, optical storage
HD DVD Takes Early Retirement
February 18, 2008 - industry rumors speculate that Toshiba may pull the
plug on its HD DVD standard conceding to Blu-ray.
marketers will be rejoicing - but this media war is a side issue.
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.
|Optical has passed the test
|"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." |
from Roy Slicker, Pegasus President and CEO
Pegasus Disk Technologies
from a featured press release
|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
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.
summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of currently available market
read the article,
|3 things that could have
killed the flash SSD market|
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
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?
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.
|| 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. ...read the article|