Thursday, 17 March 2016 13:05

Panasonic’s Blu-ray data archiver extends lifespan of stored by ‘by up to 40 years’


Panasonic has launched ‘an optical disk-based data archival solution which extends the lifespan of stored data by up to 40 years’, dramatically lowering costs.

Panasonic said its ‘Blu-ray data archiver will provide reliable data storage that lasts five to ten times longer than either tape or HDD archives.’

This longer lifespan is said to reduce electronic waste, and when combined with lower cooling needs and energy requirements, ‘makes Blu-ray archival more environmentally friendly than alternative storage solutions.’

Key features include:

  • More energy efficient – Blu-ray archival systems require less power and run cooler.
  • Lower per bit cost – Cheaper high-capacity storage that lasts longer, removing the need for costly data migration.
  • Greater reliability – No physical wear on the storage medium means fewer failures, while still supporting best-in-class practices such as RAID 5, 6 and WORM.
  • Longevity with a life span of more than 50 years – Eliminates wastage and landfill required to get rid of alternative storage mediums.

Most data archives are currently stored on either hard disk drive (HDD) or tape-based solutions. As these are technologies that tend to have relatively short lifespans and high energy requirements, Panasonic naturally notes this ‘leads to increased operating costs.’

So, it should come as no surprise to see Panasonic state that ‘more reliable and efficient storage systems will be required to manage the enormous volumes of data being generated by organisations globally.’

With big data increasing the need for companies to store and archive data in the safest and most sustainable way, and the information assets of companies and public agencies are globally on the increase year by year, Panasonic clearly believes its solution is coming at the right time.

This is especially so with Pansonic stating that analysts are predicting digital data generated worldwide is expected to reach around 45 zettabytes (ZB) in the next four years.

Hideo Yonenaga, GM of Panasonic’s Asia-Pac Storage Business Division said: “The growing demands for active, and long-term, archival storage present a number of challenges that can strain existing archival systems. Panasonic’s blu-ray data archiver is uniquely positioned to address these challenges – from reliability, data integrity, cost and environmental footprint – as compared to existing solutions.”

Panasonic explains its blu-ray data archiver’s large storage capacity ‘caters to organisations that deal with high data volumes. Blu-ray archival storage is also a WORM (Write Once Read Many) medium, which makes it tamper proof and ideal for compliance.’

In addition, Panasonic states its Blu-ray data archiver is ‘also ideal for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Many SMEs who may not have the resources or data volume to justify investing in on-premise archival solutions, can greatly benefit from blu-ray archival technology.’

More below, please read on.

Plan B, a New Zealand-based provider of hosted infrastructure and business continuity services, recently launched the world’s first cloud-based archive-as-a-service technology, which is built on Panasonic’s blu-ray data archiver.

Ian Forrester, Managing Director, Plan B Ltd, said, “Our new service makes blu-ray archival technology accessible to businesses of all sizes and allows them to securely access and manage their archive data in the cloud. Our as-a-service model eliminates capital expenditure while providing easy access, lower costs, scalability and reliable data storage now and into the future. This service model will not just be available in New Zealand but in Asia and Australia as well.”

Plan B’s Cloud Data Archive service, hosted on Panasonic’s blu-ray archival technology, is available directly from Plan B. More information is here.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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