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HLDS Targets Enterprise Market with Impressive New Optical Archiving Library System

Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. (HLDS) today unveiled the company’s Optical Archiving Library System (Model HL100). The new product, with its exceptional long-term data archiving capabilities, is targeted at the enterprise market. HLDS has been a long time market leader in optical disk drives for the IT and PC industries, and the HL100 lives up to its distinguished heritage in terms of both peace-of-mind reliability and stellar long-term data security. Using enterprise quality Blu-ray media, the system boasts media longevity and data survivability. The HL100 enables more sustainable digital archiving to preserve data while at the same time allowing users to scale up capacity by adding libraries. Moreover, it is surprisingly eco-friendly, providing lower power consumption as well as lower CO2 emissions compared to HDD or tape-based solutions. Collectively, these benefits make the HL100 an ideal solution for most vertical industries and data centers.

HLDS Optical Archiving Library - HL100 (Photo: Business Wire)

HLDS Optical Archiving Library - HL100 (Photo: Business Wire)

“The HL100 is a fantastic system,” said Kenichi Takamoto, President of Enterprise Storage Business Unit at Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. “In this era of big data, it’s a very intelligent solution to the challenges posed by exponentially expanding unstructured digital data. The enterprise quality Blu-ray media facilitates 50 years or more of data longevity, enabling customers to secure their valuable data for the long term with higher reliability. It also increases the utilization of storage resources while scaling cold storage needs at lower costs. Overall, this is optimized archiving that can be easily implemented in a wide range of organizations. Companies in disparate fields have a myriad of different archiving needs with respect to factors like data longevity, migration costs and energy consumption. The HL100 satisfies all of these needs.”

Mr. Takamoto also commented on HLDS’ relationships with media manufacturers. “We’re committed to bringing out the best archiving systems possible, particularly with respect to long-term reliability. This is why we’ve initiated partnerships with leading media manufacturers that can help us supply cutting-edge systems. We expect these partnerships to be very productive, and the big winner in the end will be our business partners and clients.”

The HLDS Optical Archiving Library System takes advantage of Blu-ray media – a format praised for its superior data density and overall quality – to preserve data for 50 years or more. This ensures that enterprise-level clients get the quality, longevity and even survivability that they need to manage their data archiving needs.

Each library has 50TB of raw capacity, and with nine libraries per rack, a single rack can hold a whopping 450TB. Despite the imposing numbers, the HL100’s power consumption of full rack is a scant 810W in idle mode.

Capacity is important, but it’s a moot point if the system lacks reliability. The HL100 has users covered here as well. Its strong error correcting code (ECC) capabilities make it far more reliable than tape-based systems and ideal for the enterprise market. In addition, since it is intended to facilitate long-term storage, there is less need for data migration. Finally, it cuts down on operating costs, which will no doubt be appealing to business partners and clients looking to safeguard data for the long term without incurring a significant financial burden.

The HL100 will be on sale globally beginning in April this year.

Specifications and Key Technologies:

  • 4U Rack Mount Form Factor (Housing 2 Media Cartridges)
  • 500 Discs: 50TB in Raw Capacity (BD-TL 100GB/250 Discs per Cartridge)
  • Scalable up to 450TB per 42 U Rack (Max. 9 Libraries per 42U Rack)
  • High Throughput via 12 BD-drives at Full Throttle
  • Easy Cartridge Replacement Architecture
  • Redundant Robotic Components
  • Power Consumption of only 90 Watts (Idle)
  • Energy Passive Off-line Storage for Low-OPEX

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ABOUT HITACHI-LG DATA STORAGE, INC.

Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. (HLDS), a joint venture between Hitachi Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc., has maintained the top position worldwide in the optical storage market since its establishment in 2001. Based on source technology from Hitachi Ltd. and application technology from LG Electronics Inc., HLDS has capitalized on the resulting synergy to push the optical storage industry forward and set new benchmarks in quality and dependability.

HLDS is spurring the development of high capacity optical archiving products in the big data era with a huge expansion of smart devices. The company desires to be a total storage solutions provider, proactively bringing products to market that meet the requirements of both personal and enterprise data storage needs. For more information, visit the company website at www.hlds.co.jp.

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