Blu-ray back-up for SMBs unveiled

Summary:Disc, a German optical data storage supplier, has unveiled a Blu-ray based mini-archive for small businesses and home offices.

Disc, a German optical data storage supplier, has unveiled a Blu-ray based mini-archive for small businesses and home offices.

The Blu-safe, which was released at the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, is being targeted at companies that need to archive e-mails or files onto raw media for compliance purposes. While Blu-ray-based archiving has been available for some time in larger jukebox-type units that can store the tens of terabytes of data, it's not a practical or cost-effective option for businesses that require less storage.

Containing up to 15 Blu-ray discs, the Blu-safe has a single drive and a USB2.0 interface. According to a spokesperson for the unit's distributors Incom, the drive can be swapped when Blu-ray technology advances past its current 50GB-per-disk limit -- the roadmap for Blu-ray is aiming for 400GB per disk.

Disc claims that the Blu-safe uses 80 percent less power than standard hard disks.

The spokesperson said that it was to the storage industry's benefit that Blu-ray had won in the largely consumer-market-based format war with HD-DVD, which ended in February when HD-DVD backers Toshiba conceded defeat to Sony, the main company behind Blu-ray.

"HD-DVD was based on DVD technology and was limited to [a maximum eventual capacity of] 100GB," said the spokesperson. "With Blu-ray they went back to the roots of CD production [making it] more reliable."

The spokesperson added the Blu-safe's price had not yet been finalised, but will be in the region of £2,300 (AU$4987). It it not known when the unit will be available in Australia.

The manufacturer claims the Blu-safe can currently hold up to 750GB of data, but this will increase as Blu-ray technology advances.

Topics: Storage, CEBIT, SMBs


David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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