Sony announces Optical Disc Archive Gen 3 with 5.5 Terabyte per cartridge

Starting in January, Sony will offer Generation 3 of its Optical Disc Archive (ODA / ODS) drives and cartridges, increasing storage capacity from 3.3 to 5.5 terabytes per cartridge. As before, Sony also specifies a durability of over 100 years for this generation.

Sony Optical Disc Archiv 3rd generation with 5.5 Terabyte per cartridge
Sony Optical Disc Archiv 3rd generation with 5.5 Terabyte per cartridge

Starting in January, the Sony ODS storage drives will be available in two versions: ODS-D380U (USB) and ODS-380F (Fibre Channel). Thanks to the cartridge, which additionally protects the durable media from dirt and sunlight, Sony Professional Solutions promises a service life of over 100 years, making them particularly suitable for long-term archiving. The ODC-5500R cartridges, each with 11 media of 500 GB capacity, can be read at 3 Gbps and written at 1.5 Gbps.

The initial driving force behind the development of cartridge-based ODA technology was certainly the broadcasting sector, which has traditionally been very powerful at Sony, because here, with ever higher camera resolutions, extremely high data volumes are produced in the shortest possible time, which not only have to be processed but also archived at some point. In the meantime, however, more and more users from a wide range of industries are interested in the high-volume archiving systems, which offer not only durability but also extreme energy efficiency.

The Sony PetaSite Library can therefore now map storage capacity of 2.8 petabytes per system (with one master unit and 6 extension units), which is not only interesting for the broadcast market. Especially for high-resolution image data in science and research or in medicine, optical storage systems with steadily increasing capacity and long durability of the data carriers are becoming more and more interesting.

For more than 30 years INCOM distributes professional optical archiving systems, among others also from the Japanese manufacturer Sony, which was already significantly involved in the development of the CD-R and still produces optical data carriers and is constantly developing them.