Santa Barbara, CA — The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) announced that it has expanded the scope of one of its committees, now chartered to promote optical technology and solutions for high-performance storage and archival applications. The High Performance Committee, formerly the Magneto-Optical Committee, will work to address issues involved with using technologies such as Magneto-Optical (MO), Write-Once Read-Many times (WORM), holography, multi-layer, and gray-scale recording to meet the growing needs of high performance data storage applications.
The committee was reformed to give existing and new high performance optical technologies a forum within OSTA and to ensure that the Association works to protect user investments in optical media of all types.
“Optical storage continues to play an important role in the high performance data storage marketplace,” said Ray Freeman, facilitator of OSTA. “By recognizing advanced optical technologies as they emerge, OSTA can extend its efforts to cover all writable optical systems.”
“Optical storage technology is not static and we need to stay in front of emerging technologies,” said Dan Dalton, director of optical product management at Fujitsu Computer Products of America and chairman of the High Performance Committee. “I am proud to chair a group of distinguished representatives from leading innovators in optical storage in launching this initiative for OSTA.”
Representatives from Fujitsu, IBM, Imation, Maxoptix, Plasmon, Pulstec, Sony, and Verbatim currently comprise the committee. Initially, the committee’s objectives are to provide a forum for discussion of new developments in optical storage technologies and applications, promote the use and acceptance of high-performance optical technologies, and inform current and prospective users about high-performance optical technologies by creating content for the OSTA.org Web site.