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.

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