We have been supplying optical storage for the past 20 years to provide data protection for information which needs to be retained or archived for many years. Optical storage relies on a laser to write data on an optical disc, these can be CD, DVD or Blu-ray. Data stored on an optical disc is typically a critical backup or archive data that needs to be kept for a very long time 50+ years and has massive benefits over current storage technologies.
We are able to supply the two most common Optical Technologies currently available these are:
For over 25 years optical has been used to archive long term critical data from medical records, emails, scanned documents, legal documents, X-rays for non-medical purposes, including patent and design information.
The current Blu-ray disc capacity is 125GB using a four layer disc and called BDXL. Whilst 125GB might not seem a large amount of storage compared to hard disks, it is more than enough to store a 4k movie or store 1.25 million scanned A4 documents.
An optical storage jukebox fully integrates with Microsoft Active Directory or Linux and appears on the network as a NAS device. The optical jukebox can then be loaded with media and setup policies to allow certain users access rights, treat an individual or multiple media as a project or write an optical disc once it is full. These discs are typically held in media packs which have RFID tags to track their removal and storage on a shelf. So in effect, if you buy a 20TB optical jukebox you could storage over 1PB of information and the software will inform you which pack the information you need to retrieve is kept. Each optical disc(s) can be mapped as a drive letter to the user(s) desktop once each disk is full it loads the next available piece of media and so on.
There are two methods for writing optical storage both change the physical properties of an optical disc via magnetism or etching pits into the disk surface.
This link explains in detail how MO, CD & DVD media is written.
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