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Sony and Panasonic Launching 1 Terabyte Archival Discs


How do you preserve all those golden oldies from Hollywood that you just cannot bear to part with? Right now, they are crammed inside CDs and DVDs and take up valuable space in your house. And what about those countless family videos that document the smiles, tears, laughs, and cheers of your loved ones? You will, of course, want to preserve these too; they make for good fireside and dinner table stories. But do you want to make your house cluttered with still more CDs and DVDs?

These are the common woes of sentimental householders who are in search of that perfect long-term storage solution that will let them hold on to their favorite music, video, and image files without cluttering their interiors. Sony and Panasonic have teamed up to usher in the next generation of optical disks—“Archival Discs” that can store up to 300GB of data per disc.

What is Exciting About the Archival Disc?

Sony and Panasonic have recently announced that they intend these Archival Discs to hit the market by the summer of 2015. And all those who had been longing for discs with bottomless storage can revel in the fact that the tech giants will expand the capacities of these devices by and by. The first Archival Discs in the market will be able to record 300GB of data per disc. But the subsequent versions will each have storage capacities of 500GB and 1TB. The tech giants will use advanced signal-processing technologies such as multi-level recording to equip the Archival Discs with these phenomenal storage capacities.

In this context, it is worth mentioning that right now, Blu-ray discs can hold the largest volume of data, which is 100GB per disc. Incidentally, both Sony and Panasonic were instrumental in the development of the Blu-ray disc technology.

The joint statement released by the tech giants further reveals that the Archival Disc will be dimensionally similar to the Blu-ray disc and will be readable for a minimum of 50 years. These will also have other significant advantages over the current crop of optical discs. Archival Discs do not have to be stored in specially-created environments where temperature and humidity have to be consistently maintained at certain specified levels. These discs also do not have to be stored in air-conditioned environments. What is more, they will consume less power than magnetic tapes that use the linear tape-open technology.

Who will Benefit from Using the Archival Disc?

The unveiling of Sony and Panasonic’s plans for Archival Discs has also excited members of the film industry and cloud data center owners. The arrival of the Archival Discs will free up valuable floor space in studios and will allow cloud data service providers help their clients reap the benefits of the Big Data explosion. The launch of Archival Discs will also greatly benefit photographers and graphic artists who can store their work for reference and access these easily.

The launch of the Archival Disc by Sony and Panasonic is being eagerly awaited by a large number of people, from industry professionals who want to add more efficiency to their business operations to film buff who dreams of building up his own enviable and extensive collection of movies.

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