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Data Migration – whatever happened to optical disk storage?

It is not so many years ago that the world of data storage was buzzing with the development of various optical data storage products from read/write magneto optical disks, ablative WORM and Phase Change optical disk. This was to be the future of high volume, long term archival storage.

So what happened? Back in the 1980’s hard drives were expensive, not much trusted and low capacity. Optical disk offered a far higher capacity, and being a removable media technology, the ability to expand storage by simply using more disks. Tape was then seen as a technology in transition, again not adequate on the capacity front, and there was a perception of reliability issues.

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