HP Plans Next-generation Archival Storage Systems

Hewlett-Packard plans to integrate Sony's Ultra Density Optical (UDO) disk technology into HP's optical jukebox products for expected delivery to the high-performance corporate and enterprise document management and archiving markets in late 2002.

Currently in development at Sony, the UDO technology will continue to leverage the ISO-standard 5.25-inch cartridge used by the optical industry for the past 10 years. The initial 40 GB per cartridge capacity for the technology will be achieved through the use of a violet laser and advanced optics, and will be available in both rewritable and WORM (write once, read many) formats.

HP plans to deliver UDO technology-based jukeboxes, with potential capacities approaching 10-terabytes (TB) in a single cabinet, within the next 30 months. Based on the projected integration schedule, HP anticipates that its next-generation archival storage systems will follow the launch of HP's 9.1 GB-based (14x) magneto-optical drives and jukeboxes expected to ship early next year.

According to a Dataquest/GartnerGroup report on optical jukebox/library systems market share for 1999, HP was number one in the market, shipping 53 percent of all 5.25-inch optical jukeboxes worldwide and accounting for 60 percent of all revenue derived from these systems.

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