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Sony unveils second generation of Optical Disc Archive

Sony, Sydney, 18 April 2016 – Sony is unveiling the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive (ODA) 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 ODA system also introduces the 8-channel optical drive unit1, 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
ODA was launched in 2013 and is widely used by broadcasters, sports organizations, 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 ODA. As of April 2016, 42 companies have announced their support and have created interfaces for ODA.

Most modular, scalable system

ODA 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 ODA 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 ODA media cartridge (ODC3300R).

“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 organizations.”

Expanding ODA customers
Acceptance of ODA has been steadily growing with the following new customers:

Austria Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
People’s Republic of China Beijing Television
China Central Television
China Education Television
Canada National Film Board of Canada
India Sun TV Network Limited
Poland ATM Grupa
San Marino San Marino RTV
Turkey ATV
United States Alabama Public TV APTV
Capitol Broadcast
Carolina Panthers
Wells Fargo

Further, in order to achieve higher efficiency based on improved read/write performance and higher capacity, the key broadcasters listed below are planning to adopt ODA Generation 2 into their daily operations:

Argentina Artear
Bosnia and Herzegovina RTRS
Japan Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation
Korea Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)
Switzerland University of Neuchâtel
United States
Golf Channel

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

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

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.

1. As of April 2016, according to Sony’s investigation.

Image Sony ODS-D280F (left) and ODS-D280U

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