Sony's Optical Disc Archive Storage Reaches 3.3 TB

Subject: Storage | April 18, 2016 - 12:32 PM |
Tagged: storage, sony, optical disc archive, optical disc, ODA, hard drives, backup, Archival

Sony has developed a higher-capacity version of their Optical Disc Archive (ODA), which now allows up to 3.3 TB of archival storage with the promise of 100-year retention.

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Sony ODS-D280U (Image credit: Sony via Computer Base)

Of course the viability of such a system in the next century is unknown, and a working cartridge (which is similar to the multi-CD systems found in cars a few years ago) would be needed to access the data. The idea is certainly interesting considering the potential for failure with traditional hard drives, though hard drives are relatively inexpensive and offer more utility, unlike the write-once Sony ODA cartridges.

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Cartridge exploded view (Image credit: Sony via Computer Base)

For those seeking pure read-only archival storage, the higher capacity of the second-generation Sony ODA at least brings it closer to parity with current hard drive storage.

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April 18, 2016 | 12:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It is a deadborn technology since LTO tapes are more competitive.

April 18, 2016 | 02:17 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

"100 years"?...wait...are they using Millenniata's M-DISCs inside? Judging by the capacity, it looks like they actually do. Not so long ago Millenniata made a BluRay-equivalent of M-DISC, so...hmmm...

April 18, 2016 | 04:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As tapes can be rewritten a few times, what use cases would this be for? Is it cheaper than tapes?

April 18, 2016 | 05:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Tapes(LTO-7) are much faster although not as fast for random access, but these disks are for archiving, and tapes are better for that. If you expect to be accessing the archives randomly more than once a week then maybe these DVD/Bluray optical disks have some uses, but tapes are still the best bang for the buck! Tape is the bset for TURE backup, where the backup is stored off-site in a different location!

April 19, 2016 | 12:13 AM - Posted by -- (not verified)

of course... store of site, and rotate tapes every single day.

April 19, 2016 | 12:12 AM - Posted by -- (not verified)

LOL all the people calling spinning disks "rust"
and here we are talking about TAPES for backup.

I can hear the tape drives cranking up in my mind now.... hahaha.. 10 servers all on tape back up all at the same time.

woop, woop, woop, woop, vroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom x10

for the next hour.

I'd still go for disk just based on access time... nothing like waiting on a drive to spin 10,000 ft of tape looking for something.

April 19, 2016 | 02:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Who in the actual FUCK WOULD use these?

April 19, 2016 | 03:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Actually only Sony would use this technology to sell their Blu-ray patents after killing competition with HD-DVD by the corruption of movie majors. The Blu-ray should die upto the next competitive optical technology... if not a digital VHS.

April 19, 2016 | 10:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Facebook ran up their own custom BD-based backup system, using custom multi-disc caddies. This Sony system is essentially a more compact and non-custom version of that system.

April 19, 2016 | 11:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You forgot to say that Facebook is way overvalued and Mark Zuckerberg can afford to waste shareholders money... just for the hype! It is the Facebook Ponzi business model.

April 19, 2016 | 04:58 AM - Posted by Hakuren

For enterprise segment it's completely pointless and worthless piece of kit. Tapes will outperform it by fair margin although ODA will survive many natural distastes which tape will not. Still together with price, available space, performance, longevity and resistance to natural disasters tapes drives are much better choice.

For home well here it's quite OK idea, but it has to cost about as much as DVD-ROM not a tape loader library. So again Fail.

April 19, 2016 | 05:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

According to computerbase.de the drive OSD-D280F cost about 9800 euros and the cartridge 150 euros. It can't be affordable for home users and it is not competitive against LTO-7 drives (~3000 euros) and and tapes (~160 euros) for enterprises. Thus it is a vain attempt to recycle Blu-ray patents...

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