Optical Disc Archive Solution – Better Choice, Better Solution The Optical Disc Archive storage system from Sony employs new generation high-capacity optical disc that equips users with a system that ensures data is always safe, now and in the future. To further elaborate on the solution, the Professional Solutions team of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific, together with like-minded service providers, recently hosted a two-day workshop for clients and partners. At the session, Tomas Chen of Content Creation Solutions Marketing shared that the Optical Disc Archive media does not require special storage requirements. He presented the results from industry standard accelerated temperature and humidity aging test the media underwent. With four different environmental conditions implemented with ISO16963 – 65°C/80% humidity, 70°C/75%, 80 °C/70%, and 80 °C/80% - alongside the used of arrhenius equation to derive an acceleration coefficient from the test results that enabled time for playback data error rate to reach a set criterion to be calculated for ambient temperatures of 25 °C. The results indicated that estimated lifespans for the media is more than 100 years at room temperature. The results also validate that the media can be stored in green facilities – achieves not only reduced operating costs – full system only take 700W to manage 1.7PB of data - but facilitates a reduced environmental footprint. Tomas continued to share that the Optical Disc Archive media is extremely durable and resilient in a wide range of environmental conditions – water, dust and heat. Corrosion resistance test was performed at 35 °C and 85% relative humidity in a corrosive gas environment for 295 hours. UV irradiation testing and sea water soak test for five weeks were also performed. Error rate in these tests results was negligible, a strong testament to the media’s proven robustiness and position it as the ultimate life-time archive media solution. “It’s truly a solution that allows storage till Armageddon,” said Tomas. “the Optical Disc Archive solution from Sony is tough, safe, fast and
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strong, providing a seamless read/write capability for generations.” Apart from extremely high tolerance against environmental impact, Optical Disc Archive comes with dedicated disc unit with an associate software driver that is able to manipulate the discs individually. As such, users can randomly access data and retrive them in an instant since there is no linear access limitation – no time wasted on spooling through tapes. Further, with its 8-channel optical drive unit, the media realises high-speed data transfer with the ability to browse and scrub a file within a particular disc and play its audio and video clips with its read specification. As such, users can play 4K footage directly from the disc smoothly and efficiently. With the complete family of future-proof Optical Disc Archive solution, from compact standalone desktop drives to large-scale robotic libraries, Sony publishes a clear technology roadmap, pointing to further exciting advances in performance, storage capacity and transfer speeds. Apart from very low total cost of ownership achieved by the media’s ability to be read for more than one million times, information stored today on the Optical Disc will always be readable on tomorrow’s hardware, making it the perfect media for long-term archive. Backward compatible, the Optical Disc Archive media essentially eliminates the need for data migration and users can concentrate on building their business, without the headache of costly migration strategies.
To find out more about the Optical Disc Archive solution, please visit pro.sony.
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