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Vol. 5 No. 4 June 2006

Another storage dimension

WHILE THE OPTICAL storage industry is caught up in the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD debate, it seems as if the battle lines are being drawn for what might turn out to be the next standards skirmish: holographic storage. Work on the technology began more than 40 years ago and two companies--InPhase Technologies of Longmont, CO, and Japan's Optware Corp. with its Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD)--will finally ship the first commercial offerings late this year. InPhase's first Tapestry drive, the HDS-300R, will use 300GB write-once disks designed for professional archiving, complete with RFID identifiers. It has a SCSI interface, a 20MB/sec transfer rate, a MTBF of 100,000 hours and a rewritable design will follow. InPhase says the drive will scale to 1.6TB by 2009, and is planning other products like a 2GB postage stamp-sized device and 210GB on a credit card-sized unit. Optware's first HVD product, the HVD Pro Series 1000, will store 200GB on a disk very similar--and, in fact, somewhat compatible--to DVD. By spacing the holographic cones ...

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Features in this issue

  • Deduplication extends to archives

  • Lock up data with fixed-content storage

    For most companies, fixed-content storage requirements are simple: Store the data securely, do it cheaply and provide fast access. With more data subject to external and internal audits, content-addressed storage products are becoming the preferred storage medium for long-term protection of fixed content.

  • Storage growth drives buying plans

    The results from our exclusive semi-annual Purchasing Intentions Survey are in. Storage growth is a key concern for storage managers, as additional capacity has a ripple effect that touches many other components in the storage environment.

  • Is encryption enough?

    Encrypting data at rest is definitely a reliable security measure, but it should be considered only one component of an effective storage security plan.

Columns in this issue

  • Time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection

    Storage Bin: The concept of "That's the way we've always done it" isn't going to work anymore, and it sure won't help you build an efficient disaster recovery plan. It's time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection.

  • The rise of the ultra-dense array

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Disk drives are getting smaller and smaller even as their capacities rise. Now storage vendors are packing more disks than ever into smaller spaces, which saves costly data center real estate. But the denser arrays also have a downside--higher power consumption and more heat.

  • A look at data classification products for e-discovery

    New technology products that look inside data can help you classify and manage that data more effectively. But these tools can also be leveraged for e-discovery, allowing specific data to be found and acted upon quickly to satisfy legal requirements.