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Panasonic & Facebook Develop Optical Disc-Based Data Archive System

UncategorizedGotMediaAdmin10 March 2016

Panasonic Corporation announced a few months ago that it has developed Freeze-Ray, an optical disc-based data archive system in collaboration with Facebook. By collaborating with Facebook, Panasonic was able to design Freeze-Ray to meet the growing demand for more efficient and sustainable ways to store and access cold data—infrequently or never accessed data stored for the long term—in the world’s data centers.

The Freeze-Ray solution reduces data center operating costs and energy use with strong data integrity. This data archiving solution provides optimal cold storage for protecting data integrity and reducing costs in data centers thanks to the special characteristics of optical discs, including their longevity, immutability, backward compatibility, low power consumption and tolerance to environmental changes. Both companies see the Freeze-Ray data archiving solution, incorporating hundreds of optical discs, as a viable solution for data centers to enable the industry to enjoy the benefits of the solution with greater economies of scale.
Panasonic’s main contribution to the effort was its high-density optical technology, key devices (optical discs, drives and related robotics) and library software to control the system easily in the data center. Facebook collaborated by providing its unmatched expertise in designing, deploying, managing and servicing storage systems in data centers. In addition, Facebook provided extensive technical and real-world data center feedback at every stage of the development. Both companies have been working on two generations of the Freeze-Ray solution. Facebook is deploying the first-generation 100 GB Blu-ray Disc-based archive system into its data centers now, and expects deployment of the second-generation 300GB Archival Disc-based archive system later in 2016.

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