Sony has designed an inventive optical mass storage solution that depends on several stacked optical discs for massive storage of data. Called the Optical Disc Archive, the optical data storage solution contains a set of cartridges that Sony calls ODC1500R. Each cartridge takes in many full capacity Blu-ray discs to provide high data storage capability between 300GB and 1.5TB.
The Optical Disc Archive thus crams up to 30 optical discs into a single 1-inch dense plastic cassette. The drive is a specialized hardware unit and it cannot fit in your computer’s Blu-ray drive. You can use the system standalone connecting it with any devices including your PCs, cameras or music players via USB 3.0. However, the real read/write performance of the Optical Disc Archive is not yet exposed by Sony.
The new portable storage system from Sony is scheduled to get an official release this fall. Lots of companies like CBS News, Tohokushinsha, BSkyB, Fuji Television, Time Warner Cable Sports and others are to use the new technology. These companies can utilize the drive to store much of their telecast data. More TV channels, film studios and other entertainment firms will soon embrace the Sony technology.
However, Sony hasn't yet exposed price of the potential device and as well as its cartridges that are meant to stack up the Blu-ray discs. Sony is also yet to reveal some specs and features of the Optical Disc Archive like its read/write performance rate and much more. It is also not clear whether the device will get only to the enterprise users, not the individual users.