Friday, October 28, 2005

Preservation Readings 28 October 2005

Japanese holographic storage firm to ship 200GB drives in '06. Lucas Mearian. Computerworld. October 24, 2005.,10801,105682,00.html?source=NLT_AM&nid=105682

Optware Corporation is planning to ship three versions of its product by the end of next year, with up to a 200 GB . They expect to release a 1 TB disk by the end of 2008. A holographic disk can store more information by storing data inside the disk as well as on the surface. The cost of the disk is less than a hard drive. “Both Optware and InPhase are targeting their initial products at the data archival market because their holographic disk technology is removable and can be kept for decades without deterioration of data, which is stored within the disk and not on the surface.” Optware also plans to release a holographic disk product for streaming video, and a consumer disk about the size of a credit card that can hold 30GB.

Companies hope to extend open-source movement to data storage. Brian Bergstein. Detroit News Technology. October 25, 2005.

IBM is leading a group of companies that hope to extend the open-source movement to data storage. Generally each storage system has its own management software. The group hopes to develop new data-management software that would be open source and allow data to be moved seamlessly within their organization.

Cheap DLT on the way. Martin MC Brown. Computerworld. October 17, 2005.

A 1.6TB SuperDLT tape is still under development but should appear by the end of this year. The gap between successive tape generations will increase.

Cheap DLT pitched to outpace DAT. Bryan Betts. The Register. 17 October 2005.

Hard drives have been increasing in size quite rapidly, but the tapes for backup haven’t, so there are more tapes needed to backup a drive, which means slower and more expensive processes. Quantum has announced a 320 GB tape (with compression).

Robots and sensors are in IT's future, Gartner says. Patrick Thibodeau. Computerworld. October 20, 2005.,10801,105590,00.html?source=NLT_HW2&nid=105590

Hewlett-Packard has discussed "lights-out" or "humanless" data centers at a recent conference. They believe that management technologies will lead to fully automated data centers in the years ahead. The Gartner research group has predicted that as many as half of all hands-on data center jobs may disappear over the next two decades because of automation. But the concept of a fully automated data center is still hard for some IT mangers to accept.

Science and technology based institu[t]e in Chennai stress on digital libraries. Digital Opportunity Channel. October 24, 2005.

"Digital libraries are the only solution to the problem of pages disappearing from library books." The paper Preservation of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A case study of SRM Institute of Science and Technology was presented at 8th International Symposium of Electronic Theses and Dissertations.

The full paper is at

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