Sony and Panasonic announce Archival Disc : 1 TB of storage, in the size of a CD

The world is demanding for more storage. Those gazzillions of pictures and your penchant for the absolute high quality video does take up a lot of storage.

With the adoption of 4K, we need even bigger storage to store our content.

The total amount of world storage was estimated at 295 Exabytes. 295 billion gigabytes. The equivalent to 1.2 billion average size hard drives.  And that was 3 years ago, in 2011. God knows how much more storage we are consuming.

Yeah, that is a lot. The current storage medium is straining under all that load. But fortunately for us, many companies are partnering up and developing next generation storage mediums that the hope might be the The Next Big Thing.

Sony and Panasonic have teamed up and announced the ‘Archival Disc’, something that might very well be the future of the optical medium. First it was CDs, then DVDs, yet then Blu-Ray and finally now Archival Disc.

Notice how the evolution of Optical Medium is impacted directly by the evolution of Audio and Video. CD came due to Music, DVD due to video, Blu-Ray due to Full HD video and it seems Archival Disc due to the spread of 4K video.

When the format will arrive in 2015, it will initially be of 300 GB capacity. It will gradually increase to upto 1 TB capacity.

You won’t have to lug around that hard drive anymore. Archival Disc drove home the point that the optical medium is more durable than hard drives.

“Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored,” “They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content.” says their press release.

While all that seems well and dandy, it still isn’t clear will it be successful when it comes in 2015? Day-By-Day people are switching over to the cloud and by 2015 it will have progressed enough that most of our storage is in the cloud. There still are advantages to owning physical media such as being in control of your data, security, offline capabillity, etc though.


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