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Panasonic, Facebook join hands for optical data archiver

25 Jan 2016  | Susan Nordyk

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Together with Facebook, Panasonic developed the freeze-ray, which is an optical disc-based data archive system aimed at large-scale cold storage in data centre and enterprise networks. The system claims to offer an efficient and sustainable way to store and access cold data, infrequently or never accessed data stored for the long term, providing Facebook users long-term access to their digital photos and videos.


Freeze-ray is intended for large-scale cold storage in data centre and enterprise networks.

Based on 100Gbyte Blu-ray discs, freeze-ray achieves a storage density of up to 547.2Tbytes (5472 optical discs, 456 magazines) per standard 19in. rack. A second-generation archive system using 300Gbyte discs is planned for deployment later this year, boasting a storage density of up to 1641.6Tbytes.

In addition to high-density optical technology, Panasonic contributed key devices, such as optical discs, drives and related robotics, and library software to control the system in the data centre. Facebook provided expertise in designing, deploying, managing and servicing these massive data centre storage systems.

Both companies will continue to work together on the development of next-generation systems that will employ 500Gbyte and 1Tbyte archival discs to realise a multi-petabyte cold-storage archive system.

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