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Powerfile adds Blu-ray to storage appliance

Powerfile announced that it has added Blu-ray disk technology to the latest version of its Active Archive Appliance, part of an effort by the vendor to move beyond the limits of DVD in scaling the optical-based storage offering.

The Active Archive Appliance Enterprise Edition, or A3, utilises Blu-Ray media from Panasonic, which boosts the optical storage density in the appliance to 120TB per appliance. The new version is now shipping.

Jonathan Buckley, vice-president of marketing for Santa Clara, Calfornia-based Powerfile, said the company expects to further boost the capacity of the appliance to 160TB in six months. Previous versions of Active Archive, which used DVD technology, supported only 12TB of data per rack, he noted.

The company said the updated appliance is positioned as an alternative to disk-based archiving systems for storing fixed content.

Buckley said that A3 does not serve up Blu-ray or tiny disks such as old 'jukeboxes' used to pop into a network, but rather serves up volumes much the same as a network attached storage (NAS) filer system does.

"Optical and enterprise storage in the past has failed miserably for many reasons. Many of those reasons we've addressed here," said Buckley. "We've changed the way this plugs into a customer environment. They don't have to think about optical, the day it's plugged in, it looks and acts and feels like a NAS filer to a user or an application."