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April 18, 2016
Sony unveils second generation of Optical Disc Archive

Sony unveils second generation of Optical Disc Archive

New high-performance hardware and media double transfer speeds and increases storage capacity to 3.3TB

SYDNEY, 18 April 2016 - Sony is unveiling the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive system which adopts a new, high-capacity optical media developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic. The affordable media is rated with a 100-year shelf life and doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB. Generation 2 of Optical Disc Archive system also introduces the 8-channel optical drive unit, which doubles the read/write speeds compared to previous generation and capable of accommodating 4K video in real time while meeting the storage market’s ever-increasing data needs.

Reliable long-term storage with broad compatibility

Optical Disc Archive was launched in 2013 and is widely used by broadcasters, sports organisations, corporations, schools and production companies. It delivers extremely reliable long-term storage and provides stable operations with eco-friendly power consumption. Sony has long embraced an open platform approach for broad compatibility, providing technologies and support to encourage other manufacturers to develop supporting products for Optical Disc Archive. As of April 2016, 42 companies have announced their support and have created interfaces for Optical Disc Archive.

Most modular, scalable system

Optical Disc Archive technology is designed for use in near-line applications, deep archive storage or disaster recovery systems. Hardware configurations range from stand-alone to large scalable robotic archive systems. The main components of Generation 2 Optical Disc Archive include: a stand-alone USB drive unit (ODS-D280U), an 8GB fibre channel library drive unit (ODS-D280F) for use in robotic systems and the Optical Disc Archive media cartridge (ODC-3300R).

“Optical Disc Archive is one of our most modular technologies,” said Mr Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia. “It can scale from a tabletop drive accepting a single cartridge at a time up to a library that supports petabytes of data. This technology crosses a number of markets and applications, tailored to meet the unique requirements of individual organisations.”

Expanding Optical Disc Archive customers

Acceptance of Optical Disc Archive has been steadily growing with new customers including Alabama Public TV APTV (US), ATM Grupa (Poland), ATV (Turkey), Beijing Television (PRC), Capitol Broadcast (US), Carolina Panthers (US), China Central Television (PRC), China Education Television (PRC), KUAC-TV (US), National Film Broad of Canada (Canada), San Marino RTV (San Marino), Sun TV Network Limited (India), Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), Wells Fargo (US) and WRAL (US).

Further, in order to achieve higher efficiency based on improved read/write performance and higher capacity, the key broadcasters are planning to adopt Optical Disc Archive Generation 2 into their daily operations include Artear (Argentina), Golf Channel (US), Korean Broadcasting System (Korea), RTRS (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (Japan) and University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

Several key broadcasters including Polsat, Sony Pictures Television and ZDF, also plan to conduct “Proof of Concept” (PoC) trials using the Optical Disc Archive Generation 2:

Polsat (Poland): Evaluating Generation 2 library as a candidate technology for their Disaster Recovery solution.
Sony Picture Television (US): Looking to utilise an automate workflow to employ Optical Disc Archive as the primary archival medium for original camera negative.
ZDF (Germany): Evaluating a small Generation 2 library as candidate technology for future solutions.

Several key broadcasters including Polsat, Sony Pictures Television and ZDF, also plan to conduct “Proof of Concept” (PoC) trials using the ODA Generation 2:

Promoting the wide use of optical disc

Sony Optical Archive Inc. (US), a fully-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, recently announced a new library system called Everspan. The new system incorporates both the latest optical media and newly designed drives for large-scale robotic systems, targeting specifically at data centers. This market expansion further advances the use of optical media in the storage market and facilitates a stable supply of both optical media and drives.

Sony will continue to incorporate new technological advances into its archive systems, ensuring continued reliability for decades to come.

Sony’s ODS-D280U, ODS-D280F and ODC3300R are scheduled to release from 3rd quarter of 2016.