The "freeze-ray" data archiving system was born
by integrating Panasonic's high-density optical disc technology, device technology,
and library software development technology to simplify system control.
The newly launched 2nd generation freeze-ray system features a
large data storage capacity of 300 GB per disc. This enables secure,
long-term storage of valuable information assets for 100 years or more.* It also offers a scalable
expandability to enable an optimal system configuration for individual needs.
And there is no need for constant electric power or air conditioning costs,
making it a green, low-cost, safe data storage solution.
As such, it is ideally suited to cold data** archiving use.
* The estimated lifetime based on acceleration tests that are being conducted by Panasonic. Note that it is not a guaranteed value.
** Cold data: Data that must be stored for long periods even though the frequency of access drops over time.
Panasonic developed "freeze-ray" in collaboration with Facebook.
Panasonic contributed by providing its high-density optical technology, key devices and
library software to control the system easily in the data center.
Facebook collaborated by providing its unmatched expertise in designing,
deploying, managing and servicing storage systems in data centers.
In addition, Facebook provided extensive technical and real-world data center feedback
at every stage of the development. Both companies plan to continue to collaborate
in order to provide even greater benefits to the data center industry.
The first-generation of freeze-ray for data centers has been based on the 100-GB Blu-ray Disc, and the second-generation based on the 300-GB Archival Disc is scheduled to release in 2016. Panasonic plans to further expand the recording capacity per disc to 500 GB and 1 TB in the near future.