Storage Smarts Answer #32: COLD

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

This is a system for archiving data such as business records and reports to one or more optical disks in a compressed but easily retrievable format.
a. EDM (Electronic Document Management)
b. COLD (Computer Output to Laser Disk)
c. imaging system
d. compression
e. microfiche

Were you correct? This week's answer is:
b. COLD (Computer Output to Laser Disk)

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COLD (Computer Output to Laser Disk) is a system for archiving data such as business records and reports to one or more optical disks in a compressed but easily retrievable format. COLD systems make it unnecessary to archive reports in printed form and are easier to work with than microfiche, an earlier solution. Vendors of COLD systems point out that more than one million paper pages can be stored on a single 5 1/4 inch optical disk. A COLD system consists of software and hardware. The software allows a user to send a document to the COLD system (much like sending it to be printed), organizes the documents for access, and compresses them for storage. The hardware consists of optical disk drives, which typically are mounted in a unit called a jukebox.

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This was first published in October 2002

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