Hitachi Showcases World’s First Blu-Ray Optical Archive System at IGEM 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 October 2014 – Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. and Hitachi Asia (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. showcased the Hitachi HL100 Optical Archiving Library System, at the international Greentech& Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2014. The HL100 can reliably store data for more than 50 years and is designed to provide safe, secure and cost-effective data storage to meet the archiving needs of organisations in the public sector, oil and gas, banking, security, education and research, healthcare, media and entertainment, social media and telecommunications industries as well as other businesses that need to manage big data.

“We carried out the first Malaysian implementation the HL100 Optical Archiving Library System at Hitachi Electronic Products Malaysia (HEPM) in Bandar Baru Bangi. After successfully testing the device we have since adopted the HL100 library as the backup solution for all critical business systems across both Windows and Unix-based IT environments at HEPM,” said Dr.Tamizarasu Nandan, CIO at HEPM.

Dr.Tamizarasu explaining the Hitachi HL100 Optical Archiving Library System to PDRM Director of Logistics CP Dato' Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah.

Dr.Tamizarasu explaining the Hitachi HL100 Optical Archiving Library System to PDRM Director of Logistics CP Dato’ Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah.

Among the key advantages of the HL100 Optical Archiving Library System is the ability to give users direct real-time access to the entire body of archived data allowing them to retrieve information by themselves without IT support. This speedier operation of data recovery contributes towards improved operational performance across any large organisation.

In addition to reducing the number of data recovery tasks directed to the IT department, the HL100 Optical Archiving Library System allows routine backup operations to be automated and eliminates the need for daily backups to tape media and the associated tape library management. “Our experience at HEPM is that since adopting the HL100 library we have been able to recover around 10man-hours in the IT department per day. This is allowingus to focus more of our energies on application development and other high-value projects,” said Dr. Tami.

The Hitachi HL100 Blu-ray Optical Archiving Library System consists of two cartridges that each hold 250 enterprise quality Blu-ray discs and twelve optical drives that can simultaneously read Blu-ray discs to deliver extremely high throughput of data. Each Blu-ray disc can hold 100GB of data giving the HL100 50TB of raw capacity.

Hitachi HL100 optical archiving library system

Hitachi HL100 optical archiving library system

Despite this large storage capacity, the HL100 only consumes 90W in idle mode. And with its 4U form factor, nine HL100 libraries can be mounted on a single 42U rack to provide 450TB of storage per rack using only 810W when idle.

After its successful implementation at HEPM, the HL100 is available globally beginning in October 2014.

TM Completes Investment Into P1

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) is pleased to announce the completion of the Investment Agreement for its partnership with Green Packet Berhad (Green Packet) and SK Telecom Co., Ltd (SK Telecom) for the three parties to share in the ownership and collaborate in the future growth of Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1), Malaysia’s leading WiMAX wireless provider. Applicable approvals, including from the relevant regulatory bodies and Green Packet shareholders have been duly obtained.

Following the completion, TM emerges as the new holding company for P1 with a shareholding of 55.3%; and the remaining 44.7% is shared between Green Packet (31.1%) and SK Telecom (13.6%).

The partnership  drives  strong  synergies  from  the three  (3) complementary  partners  to work together  to  capitalise  on  a  viable  mobile  opportunity  and  deliver  the  next  generation  of converged communication services. It essentially enables P1 to crossover to LTE and offer full mobility while providing TM with an LTE-ready platform to accelerate and more efficiently make wireless  broadband  products  available  to  its  customers.  This  includes  access  to  suitable spectrum bands, the ability to draw on advanced technological  knowhow of SK Telecom, an existing customer base to build on, and the strong base of LTE upgradeable WiMAX sites to quickly achieve extensive LTE coverage.

TM sees the provision of mobility solutions to customers as a natural progression in line with industry evolution towards true convergence, not just from a technology or device perspective, but more importantly from a customer experience point of view, in the delivery of end-to-end broadband  and  data  services.  Its  investment  into  P1  and  the  recent  launch  of  its  first  4G broadband offering, TMgo are part of TM’s roadmap towards becoming the No. 1 converged communications service provider. It is also in line with TM’s vision of being an “Information and Innovation exchange” and will further bolster its position as Malaysia’s broadband champion.

The partners, together with P1, are currently developing a joint business plan and strategies for the realisation of partnership synergies. At the same time, the partners are conducting an operational review to further optimise operations for P1’s future business. Product development and commercial plans are also under discussion.

TM  will  play  an  active  role  in  the  management  and  direction  of  P1  through  its  strong representation at the board level. As the holding company, it also has nomination rights for key management  positions.  P1’s new board  and management  line-up  will be announced  in due course.

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