Call/Recall Inc., a pioneer in affordable, ultra-high-capacity optical disk storage, today announced that it has developed and tested the industry's first terabyte optical disk, and is entering into product design and discussion with leading manufacturing partners. This new disk, the latest implementation of the company's 2-Photon-3D technology, offers unprecedented value for the growing enterprise storage archiving and consumer markets.
A relatively new optical disk technology, 2-Photon-3D uses a special "near-field" lens and fluorescent media technology to record hundreds of layers three-dimensionally; in comparison, Blu-ray records to the surface. 2-Photon-3D offers more than DVD recording because the near-field lens can precisely and dynamically focus into the depth of the fluorescent media, taking advantage of the full depth of standard 120mm, DVD-size media to achieve recording densities as good as or better than holographic technologies.
Earlier this year, Call/Recall announced that the company would be licensing its patented 2-photon recorded 3D optical storage technology, which can provide 40 times the capacity of Blu-ray and more than 200 times the capacity of DVD optical storage technology. Using the Call/Recall technology, manufacturers of consumer electronics devices as well as large-scale enterprise and government customers can store and manage more data in less space while reducing cost and improving overall I/O performance.
The versatile 2-photon-3D technology can be applied to solutions such as a 100+ terabyte optical library using DVD-size disks for enterprise data storage or a 1-inch diameter, 50 GB disk for consumer electronics devices such as cell phones, portable media players, and game systems.
Call/Recall also announced the availability of a new white paper addressing trends and opportunities in the optical storage market. Prepared by Michael Peterson, president of Strategic Research Corp., founder of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and chief strategy advocate for the SNIA's Data Management Forum, "Strategic Profile: 2-Photon-3D Technology -- Extending Blu-Ray DVD," can be downloaded from http://www.call-recall.com/.
In the paper, Peterson reviews the enormous strides that have been made in storage technology and archiving in recent years and notes the fundamental impact of these developments at the enterprise level in commercial and governmental applications, and in the consumer market.
"Secure, long-term archival storage is a major consumer of optical disk technology today and this need is only accelerating," Peterson writes. "Compliance, legal, security, and discovery risk are amplifying the need for long-term archival storage on disk-based high-integrity media."
According to Peterson, three storage technologies will dominate the high-capacity digital home and enterprise archive of the future: local disk arrays, high-capacity "entertainment-class" optical disks, and centralized service bureaus with storage services. "Each of these technologies has a viable role and all are complimentary," Peterson says.
"Because of the migration path from CD to DVD to Blu-ray to the next distribution technology, optical storage will not go away for a long time. Of every technology lining up to succeed Blu-ray, 2-Photon-3D has the best probability of being the successor, since there are media-size and drive commonalities along with Blu-ray read compatibility (which is an absolute requirement)."
"Businesses and enterprises must store and manage vast amounts of data for extended periods of time to ensure regulatory compliance," said Wayne Yamamoto, President, Call/Recall. "Call/Recall's optical disk solution is a perfect fit for enterprises that need a cost effective archiving solution to store and retrieve data while reducing costly IT real estate associated with large tape libraries."
Call/Recall technology can help enterprises comply with mandated long-term storage requirements while providing simple and rapid access to stored data. In addition, the company has the industry's first fully recorded 1TB disk -- the only optical disk that has been confirmed in any present-day lab -- and has established a product roadmap delivering solutions capable of storing multiple terabytes of information per disk.