Millenniata now shipping

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 02009 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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What seems to be the first real optical archival digital tech is now shipping. The Millenniata product is a type of DVD storage that uses a mechanical scratching process, instead of a thermal process, making the media vastly more stable.  The disks are in the current DVD standard and the company claims they are therefore backwards compatable to normal players.  To write your own disk however you will need the $1700 writer and one of the special blank disks that range from $16-$25ea depending on qty.

If the companies claims on life-span of the media are true this is a major milestone in commodity level archival media.  I do think however that they really need some sort of marking on the tops of all the blank media that explains what the DVD data stadard is and how to read it.  Otherwise in a 100 years, I cant imagine that many people will remember…

  • Data Storage

    Not only are these discs designed for long-term data storage, but they are also designed for durability through all sorts of environments. I saw a demo at a trade show where these discs were dipped in liquid nitrogen and then right into a DVD player and they played without any problems. Amazing!!

  • John Reinert Nash

    The discs are archival, but how to preserve the format? Will there be a “DVD” player to read the discs in generations? Perhaps at the Library of Congress and in Alexandria… To me, this addresses half of the problem, the format being the other. It’s a clay tablet, but not a human-readable one. Thoughts?

  • Gregory

    Well that’s exactly what they are going for.

    Yes, DVD players may not be around, but the data and the format (which is basically an elaborate form of cryptography) will be preserved in the disk.

    All digital data suffers this problem. From the physical format (DVD), to the disk format (FAT32, etc) to the digital format (doc, pdf, txt) to the content (character encoding, language, etc).

    The point of these are not to be perfect – but they do ensure that the data will last, something that is actually a LOT harder than you’d think…

  • Candace Cohen

    Finally, a digital archival solution that will be there when you do decide to migrate your data.

    Yes, formats will change and we all will have to evolve and migrate our data as the technology progresses. Until now there hasn’t been a reliable, nor economical solution that allows for this option.

    I have seen some of the environmental testing performed on the Millenniata discs as well as the other so called “Archival” discs. The durability and reliability results from the Millenniata discs is astonishing, and a welcomed/much needed solution for long term data storage.

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  • Hope I could get one.

  • Ardi Moslehi

    The question of holding the amount of data that one of these disks can hold in a human readable format is a futile one.
    I guess the only thing that comes close to the 'clay tablet' is the microfilm.  The trade off being that you cannot store multimedia on a microfilm… nor a clay tablet for that matter!

    Regarding the physical format, I think that the DVD/CD is here to stay.  The CD has now been around for over 30 years, and you can still play an old music CD on the latest blu rays.

    The disk, digital and character formats though are a different ball game.  Microfilm would be the winner here as you will always be able to shine light though film to show an image.


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