Qualstar set to design and manufacture enterprise class optical disc library for Sony

Qualstar Corp., designer and manufacturer of robotic data storage devices and high efficiency power supplies was selected by Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., to design and manufacture a highly scalable Enterprise Class Optical Disc Library, the company announced Monday.

The Optical Disc Archive is a high capacity, reliable media storage platform that acts as an on-site backup as well as an asset management solution. Widely used by broadcasters, sports organizations and production companies, this solution is gaining traction in other industries such as educational institutions, data centers, financial organizations and compliance industry because of its reliability, scalability and eco-friendly features.

The second generation of Optical Disc Archive system adopts optical media jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic. Rated with a 100-year shelf life, the second generation Optical Disc Archive media doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB.

“With over 34 years of expertise, Qualstar was best suited to provide the needed knowledge and expertise in designing the Enterprise Class Optical Disc based storage device,” said Steven N. Bronson, CEO, Qualstar. “High capacity data storage device demand is rapidly accelerating and the Optical Disc Archive system will offer one of the optimum choices.”

“The data explosion caused by Rich Media content, Internet of Things, Big Data analysis and other video centric industries has created the need for high capacity, reliable and WORM compliant storage,” said Arun Vaishampayan, Vice President Global Sales, Qualstar. “Optical Disc Archive based storage platform fulfills the needed requirements of these markets.”

The Optical Disc Archive system leverages the technologies and reliability of optical discs originally developed for commercial broadcast equipment. It also succeeds in keeping down total archiving costs and has a very low environmental footprint.

“We are delighted to partner with Qualstar in designing the next generation data storage solution,” said Mikio Kita, Senior General Manager, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. “We believe the jointly developed product will definitely benefit our valued customers and open new markets for optical devices.”

Qualstar released in January its Q8, an entry level LTO tape based autoloader that offers extreme density and performance in the 1U space. The QualstarQ8 is an ideal entry-level automated backup/archive solution that combines exceptional storage density and performance into the compact form of a tape autoloader.

The Q8 will offer 96 TB native and 240 TB compressed data storage capacity using LTO 8 tape drives. Combined with a data transfer rate of 300 MB/sec, this device offers exceptional space to capacity and performance ratio.

The Q8 will ship with a barcode reader, a rackmount kit, remote management capability and comes with a two-year advance replacement warranty.


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