Optical Archiving Best For Digital Storage, Rimage Argues

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Rimage Corporation, a manufacturer of CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc production and printing technologies divulged some eye-opening results in their latest white paper, The Advantages of Optical Archiving.

Despite reports and arguments that discs as we know them will soon be outdated in daily personal and professional applications, the company’s findings indicate something contrary—in the face of developing technology, optical media remains a trustworthy standby.

Today, digital data makes up some of the most important informational elements of people’s lives: medical records, emails, business documents, as well as personal memories and entertainment. Rimage demonstrates how the world’s exponentially increasing data has outpaced online storage with one million petabytes calculated this year.
This storage gap is due to the fact that professionals have struggled to keep up with limited resources in adding servers and hard disk space. Invariably, this method of boosting storage ends up jamming networks and online space that could be employed for other demands.

Rimage stacks the hard disk drives (HDDs) and magnetic tapes used for storage against optical discs in a features comparison.

Rimage states that HDDs suffer from a variety of shortcomings, including a designated lifespan of merely three to five years, which could be a great hindrance to organizations that only need to update their archiving every ten to fifteen years for legal compliance.

HDDs will also fail more frequently when left unused or unpowered. They are prone to corrosion, thermal decay and airborne pollutants. HDDs also incur a higher price tag than other forms of storage.

As far as magnetic tape, which is loaded into a drive from its cartridge, it benefits from a low purchase costs as well as operating costs while boasting storage capacities that exceed 100 gigabytes. Its lifespan outperforms HDDs at seven to ten years.

The disadvantages of magnetic tape include vulnerability to electromagnetic damage and lack of compatibility with software and equipment upgrades. This storage format is also time-consuming to browse, as it is read in a non-linear style making it difficult to access particular data at will.

Rimage’s report reveals why it’s such a strong proponent for optical disc data archiving. For Blu-ray discs, they hold 50 gigabytes and that capacity is only expanding in research development. It is a write-once, read-many format that reduces the risk of data erasure and altering unlike its storage competitors.

The lifespan of Blu-ray archive discs calculates to 20 to 100 years. The format is also backward compatible and can be read by a variety of players and operating systems. These discs also offer users a more affordable storage choice considering its longevity, capacity and versatility. Rimage also highlights the fact that discs are more eco-friendly with less energy consumption when they are both used and stored.

For further details regarding these storage findings, refer to the company’s white papers.

Do you agree with Rimage’s position on storage? Please share your thoughts.

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One Response to Optical Archiving Best For Digital Storage, Rimage Argues

  1. Pete Steege says:

    Hard drives are so often assumed to be the only choice for long-term storage these days. The shocking statement to me was the design life of 3-5 years for hard drives. Retention time becomes a pretty important factor in an archive technology decision!

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