Sony's Optical Disc Archive System Offers Expanding Line of Devices

Sony's Optical Disc Archive System Offers Expanding Line of Devices

A month ago, Sony and Panasonic had announced "Archival Disc", a new standard the two companies had formulated for next-gen optical discs. Now, the Optical Disc Archive System offers a growling line of devices that deliver reliable file-based solutions.

Using 12-disc cartridges for storage, the system supports high-capacity volumes while leveraging the technology and reliability of optical discs. The system is an ideal solution for video archiving, offering high capacity and low-cost, eliminating hassles with tape and HDD assets, and ensuring long-term playback compatibility.

Sony is collaborating with Dalet and Front Porch Digital to provide an enterprise MAM (media asset management) solution for TV Globo, Brazil’s major terrestrial broadcaster, who is deploying Optical Disc Archive as their main archive storage format. Plans call for expanding the system to additional TV Globo operations in coming years.

The Golf Channel, the US satellite and cable station owned by NBC Sports Group, has already deployed a hybrid solution combining LTO (linear tape-open) tape storage with Optical Disc Archive. The station is planning a gradual migration to a full Optical Disc Archive system.

The Weather Channel, another US satellite and cable station, has also accepted and signed on to a proposal for an archive solution consisting of Optical Disc Archive library system with SGL software.

Sony’s new PWS-100TD1 tape digitizing server can facilitate the conversion of tape based assets into optical disc files. This server, powered by Sony’s original analytic software, monitors for errors during ingestion of VTR assets, and generates listings that enable efficient error resolution. The server enables easy conversion, and requires no specialized knowledge for setup or operation.

To achieve higher capacity and faster transfer speed in the 4K era, Sony is establishing a format roadmap of the Optical Disc Archive system. Utilizing the technology of "Archival Disc", the 2nd generation of Optical Disc Archive will achieve 3.6TB capacity, with the 3rd generation achieving high capacity of 6TB. Faster transfer speeds are planned due to the development of multi-channel laser heads.

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