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Vol. 3 No. 12 February 2005

First Look: Asaca's TeraCart PD Optical Storage Library

Asaca's blue-laser library delivers 33TB of high-density, long-term removable storage @exb At a Glance: Asaca's TeraCart PD Optical Storage Library What it is: Asaca's TeraCart PD Optical Storage Library. What it does: Provides long-term WORM or R/W storage in a high-density, removable format compatible with existing CD/DVD media formats. Capacity: 23.3GB per disc; from 2TB up to 33TB per library. Throughput: 11MB/sec read transfer, 9MB/sec write transfer. Upside: Increases disk density over other optical technologies; DAS, NAS and SAN support; longer media life than magnetic tape. Downside: Industry battle over blue-laser standards. Cost: Starting price is $30,000 (approximately $3.50/GB). Available: Now. @exe The TeraCart PD family of new blue-laser optical storage libraries from Asaca/ShibaSoku Corp., Golden, CO, incorporates Sony Electronics' Professional Disc for DATA technology (PDDT) and can store up to 33TB of data in only four square feet of floor space. For organizations requiring high-density, long-term, removable ...

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