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Sony and others are dedicated to making a big push at dominating the archival cold storage market with optical discs.

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On previous email blasts, we spoke about how Sony and Panasonic, amongst others, are focusing heavily in the data archival market using optical disc cartridges and developing optical discs with massive storage capacity. A recent article in Fortune further emphasizes this point. In the article, it discussed how Sony has acquired a startup company that was created by a former Facebook executive for the sole purpose of archiving cold data for easy storage and retrieval offline.

The impact of this acquisition is huge as it relates to data storage, the life expectancy for optical discs, and how cold data will be maintained and stored in the future. Just by its name, “cold data” it’s obvious that content is not something that will need to be recalled frequently or even sparingly. Typically its data that needs to be saved, but is rarely accessed and certainly doesn’t need to be accessed within fractions of a second. So why waste valuable server storage, expensive energy, or IT time to maintain this data? There is no reason, and the cold data becomes a drain on servers, making the hot data become bogged down and more costly to maintain.

The answer to how cold data should be handled is to store this content offline, on optical discs. When you need to recall it, simply pull up the optical disc it’s stored on through an intricate indexing system that can be recalled in seconds and keep it all offline. That way the data is safe, it’s not syphoning energy as it would on a server, and it frees up a tremendous amount of space for more critical data.

So when you wonder how long will optical discs remain relevant? Apparently major companies like Sony are betting it will be a very long time!

When you want the best Optical Discs for any format or printable surface, that answer is clear as well, contact Vinpower Digital. Vinpower offers optical media for all markets, formats, and price points with top quality and reliability. Contact a Vinpower representative for more details on our wide range of optical disc options.

Optodisc is the preferred alternative when Taiyo Yuden/JVC Stops Production

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With the news that Taiyo Yuden stopping the production of all lines of Taiyo Yuden and JVC branded media, where can one find a suitable alternative? Fortunately, Vinpower developed the Optodisc line to follow the strict quality standards and reliability that Taiyo Yuden pioneered when they developed the 1st recordable CD-R many years ago. The Taiyo Yuden (TY) and JVC brands have been the standard bearers for recordable CD-R and DVD±R for many years. With the surprise news that they will shut down production, it leaves a large void in the market for high quality reliable recordable media.

Optodisc was developed with the TY concept in mind. As a manufacturer of duplication hardware for over 15 years, Vinpower has a great understanding about recordable media and how it needs to hold up under the rigors and fast pace of the duplication market. So when we developed the Optodisc line, we wanted to make sure that it was suitable for high volume production, but reliable enough to meet the high standards of the critical medical and storage markets.

So regardless of whether you need an inkjet or thermal printable surface, or require a reflective silver lacquer finish, Optodisc has what you need across all formats, including CD-R, DVD±R, DVD±R DL, BD-R, and BD-R DL. Contact a Vinpower representative today for more details about the full Optodisc line.

With the 4k UHD Blu-ray Specs Released, it’s only a matter of time before they will be commercially available.

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The Blu-ray Disc Association has recently released the specifications for the Ultra High Definition (UHD) specifications, clearing the way for optical disc manufacturers to begin producing the new format. This is a critical step as 4K TV’s and content have been produced for quite some time now, but there hasn’t been an approved specification for the production of a 4K or UHD optical disc until now. The significance is twofold:
• There hasn’t been a new disc format since the original Blu-ray was introduced and subsequently won the HD format war from HD DVD in 2006.
• Now 4K TV’s finally will have a player and content that can be played in the comfort of one’s home.
It’s no small feat to adopt a new format specification. Firstly, it takes multiple engineering teams across multiple industries to develop and sustain the new technology, which can be made readily available for the general audience. Secondly, it takes a consortium of major corporations to agree and to iron out who holds patent rights for this new format. Surely Hollywood studios along with TV and Blu-ray player manufacturers are excited about the opportunity for a new format, which will create a new market for 4K content and devices to play it on.

Vinpower is also excited about the new format and that the media specifications have been finalized. This will allow us to support our growing market with 4k/UHD duplication hardware and media that will meet all industry standards in the very near future. Since Vinpower works diligently to stay ahead of its competitors in being able to offer new ODD duplication technology first, you can rest assured that Vinpower will pay close attention to when media manufacturers go into production using the newly approved UHD specs, making the discs available through our network of dealers and resellers.

For more details on all of Vinpower’s digital duplication hardware, media, and printers, visit our website or speak with a Vinpower representative today.

Panasonic unveils a prototype for a new large scale archival data storage system using Optical Discs at NAB

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As I wrote previously on April 17th 2015, Panasonic is gearing up for a major improvement on how to archive large scale data using cartridges of high capacity optical discs. Typically digital content is stored on hard disk drives (HDD) and server farms, which require large temperature controlled rooms. Eventually that data becomes “Cold”, meaning that it’s not used frequently or rarely, but it cannot be deleted or discarded. In those cases, Panasonic, amongst others, are looking at ways to archive that data in the most efficient and safest method of storage available today. That method is through very large capacity cartridges of Blu-ray Optical Discs.

From the images in the title header, you can see the prototypes of what is intended to be a new offering that will allow companies and individuals to back-up virtually all electronic data on their HDD’s and servers onto optical discs. The reason being is that optical discs are the most reliable and safest method for archiving data today. Yet, as an added benefit optical disc cartridges are also more cost effective to maintain and more environmentally friendly.

When thinking about data storage, there are two primary categories; “Hot” data which is the content that one would use frequently, and “Cold” data which is content that is seldom if ever used. Typically, old files that are kept for archival purposes or as records, which do not need to be reviewed often are seen as Cold data. When you compare keeping both Hot and Cold data on a server or HDD, those methods take a lot more energy to maintain, in both cooling and electricity to continuously operate compared with the limited requirements needed to maintain and recall data on an optical disc. The hardware requires a lot less energy to function and Cold data can be stored for many years without requiring any energy or risking loss, especially compared with HDD’s.

So if large corporations like Panasonic are investing millions of dollars to perfect long term data storage on optical discs, this says to me that optical discs are extremely relevant. So don’t be so quick to toss out your CD’s, DVD’s and Blu-ray discs, I believe they will be a lot more useful over time.

For more details about optical discs or duplication hardware, contact a Vinpower Digital representative near you or visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com.

Optical Discs still the most cost effective and safest method of long term storage

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Panasonic recently unveiled a new data storage backup unit at OCP 2015. There are a number of major companies, including Sony’s Optical Disc Archive System, that focus on using optical discs rather than magnetic tape or an array of Hard Drives. In fact, within the CDRInfo news release from March 17th, 2015, touting the unveiling of the Panasonic it states;

“By drawing on its optical media, disc drive, and robotics technology, Panasonic has developed a scalable system suitable for long-term data storage comprised of modules that can be extended as the amount of data increases. Compared to hard discs, the Data Archiver also … will reduce running costs.”

This shows that not only are Optical Discs far more efficient for long term archival data storage, but also reduces the overall expense of operating the device, saving the company money as well as their critical data. In addition, it shows that optical discs are still very relevant and that those touting the death of optical media are sorely mistaken.

For more details about Vinpower’s array of archival media and duplication hardware, visit our website or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

Recordable DVD’s offer the best cost performance when burned at 8x speed.

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Just as the tortoise proved that slow and steady wins the race, so true is the case when burning DVD’s. When selecting the most productive recording speed, 8x provides the best cost performance in terms of speed and recording quality compared to any other option. Sure you could burn the DVD at 16x speed, but for the 16x designation could be confusing. Burning at 16x is not twice as fast as 8x, in fact, you may only save roughly 60 seconds, but at that higher speed, you’re more likely to see visible burn marks on the bottom of the discs that look like donuts. Those burn marks could negatively affect the playback or could even cause the drives to fail the disc during the duplication process.

Make sure you don’t sacrifice quality for just a slight advantage in speed. In fact when you visit the major duplication houses around the world, which make their living duplicating discs, and you’ll see that they prefer to burn at 8x every time.

For more details about the optimal burning performance, contact Vinpower Digital or an authorized Vinpower representative.

Optodisc DVD’s are made to offer exceptional quality and consistency for reliable duplication time after time

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The manufacturing process for optical discs, especially recordable DVD’s, is fairly standard. You start by designing and creating the stamper. Then create the substrate through injection molding and spin coating to create the recording layer of organic dye. Next perform the sputtering for the reflective layer and another spin coating for the protective layer. Finally, you bond the disc together with a dummy substrate of polycarbonate. Sounds simple enough, so what makes the Optodisc DVD’s better than other comparable recordable DVD’s?

The answer is simple, when Optodisc media are being produced, there is great attention paid to every aspect in the manufacturing process. Starting with the stamper, Optodisc makes sure that the stamper is designed expertly and that the substrate, reflective layer, and sputtering are all applied with the goal of making a better disc rather than cutting corners to save a little on the overall cost. Optodisc DVD’s are created in a method that ensures stable consistent quality and reliability for years.

If you want to save money and not give up quality, then Optodisc is the best option for you.

Contact Vinpower Digital or a Vinpower representative for more details about the full line of Optodisc media.

Vinpower’s Standalone Autoloaders Providing Years of Steady Production!

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When Vinpower first developed our own line of standalone robotic autoloader duplicators, starting with the TITAN series, we weren’t sure how long the systems would last in the field. We knew we built the TITANS to be extremely robust, but only time would really tell. After nearly 10 years in production, we are still receiving compliments about systems working in the field that range anywhere from 5 to nearly 10 years old. When we started out, we were just hoping for the systems to work lights out through the 1 year warranty. But time has showed us that the TITAN systems were built to last way beyond expectations.

So if you’re looking to purchase a new standalone robotic duplicator to make continuous copies of your CD’s, DVD’s, or BD discs, then Vinpower’s line of autoloaders is perfect for you. Vinpower offers a range of options from small single drive 25 disc capacity Cube, to the slightly larger 2 to 6 drive 200 ~ 500 disc capacity Aero, to the always reliable 4 to 8 drive 1000 disc capacity TITAN Supreme.

To learn more about Vinpower’s line of standalone robotic autoloaders, speak with a Vinpower representative or visit our website today.

Using Wi-Fi for personal devices, such as smartphones and tablets, could make your data vulnerable.

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We’ve all heard the stories about celebrity’s photos and personal data getting stolen or even large companies like Sony having their personal emails published for the world to see. Hackers are getting more and more sophisticated and one weakness that hackers are exploiting is accessing personal devices that are connected through Wi-Fi. As the storage capacity of our smartphones and tablets increase, plus with the increased functionality and capabilities, more and more people are using these devices for all of their professional and personal activities. So these devices will often contain many very important files, such as photos, business emails with attachments, spreadsheets, etc. Our phones went from voice communication devices to mini-computers that are constantly connected to us.

The more those devices are connected and accessible through Wi-Fi, the more potential there is for a cyber attack that could remove or delete the contents stored on that device. Even less sophisticated, an individual could simply lose the device or have it stolen, which again would render the content as vulnerable or at least permanently lost. So what’s the alternative, no one will give up their smart devices and simply business cannot stop because of these threats?

The key is to back-up your data onto a secure medium that is not susceptible to hacking or data loss. The most secure and easiest method to do this is to back-up your files onto an archival grade optical disc, such as DVD or Blu-ray. Optical discs have large storage capacity that continues to increase and the content on them cannot be deleted, altered, or stolen remotely. By saving these critical files to archival grade optical discs, you can be assured to always have a back-up should the worst case scenario happen. Plus, the costs of these discs are so inexpensive, you can repeatedly make back-ups as needed or in regularly scheduled intervals and it won’t create a drain on cash flow.

For more details this or any other Vinpower products, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative.

Discarded Flash devices (USB, SD, etc.) could still have vital data left inside

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Flash devices, such as a USB pen drive or SD card, have become relatively inexpensive, making them easier to use as giveaways or simply disposable in a sense. So maybe the cost of a flash device is no longer a deterrent to giving it away, but before you do, consider the fact that all the data you previously stored on that device could possibly be retrievable. Often we think simply erasing the content or reformatting will wipe away the data we had stored on a flash device. In reality, that’s not true. The way flash memory works, it’s stored in nonlinear segments in the device’s memory and typical erasing will only remove the root file or the path to that file, but not the actual file. So content that you thought was deleted, could be retrieved. So that could mean confidential business files, personal images, financial information, etc.

The only way to truly ensure that all data is completely unable to be recovered is to either destroy the device, which is both a waste and environmentally hazardous, or to perform a secure erase feature in the manner that Vinpower uses on their USB & SD duplicators. The Vinpower USB and SD duplicators run a series of clear wipe content functions that makes the previous data unrecoverable. Other companies may claim to offer a full erase option, but only Vinpower’s secure erase can truly give you piece of mind that your previous content will be completely removed and will not come back to haunt you.

For more details on this or any other Vinpower products, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative.