Storage tech designed preserve government docs indefinitely

Storage tech designed preserve government docs indefinitely

Hitachi Data Systems Federal (HDS Federal) unveiled a data storage platform designed to help government agencies “store and secure data for as long as necessary and access it whenever they want,” the company said.

The company’s disk-based Hitachi Digital Preservation Platform (HDPP), announced Sept. 10, is equipped to preserve government records “for the next generation,” or “enable long-term storage for anywhere from five to 1,000 years,” the company said.

The HDPP is an optical storage system that currently uses Blu-ray technology and eventually would use Millennial Disc (M-DISC) to preserve the nation’s records. M-DISC is a write-once optical technology that uses a single recording layer and a high powered laser to record disks that can be read from conventional disk drives. Data is “engraved” into the M-DISC by physically altering the recording layer and creating permanent surfaces in the disk.

The platform would also help agencies meet government preservation mandates including the Presidential Memorandum for Managing Government, a 2009 directive that required federal agencies to manage all permanent records in a digital format by 2019.    

Dylan Riley, director, Office of Innovation, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at China Lake, said most of its “data is highly sensitive and must be properly safeguarded,” adding that, “writable optical media remains a preferred technology in many cases because of the significant longevity and durability of the media.” 

HDS Federal says HDPP will let federal agencies access data no matter how long it is stored and at a lower total cost of ownership. “The explosive growth of digital information and the proliferation of media formats poses a long-term storage challenge for federal agencies,” said Mike Tanner, president and CEO of HDS Federal.

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Reader Comments

Fri, Sep 12, 2014 Larry West Coast

Okay so someone thinks they have the Holy Grail for media that will "preserve data forever". This STILL DOESN'T RESOLVE the issue of format the data is captured in, especially for things in a native format... I mean, sure... it'll work for 'image formats' like PDF where you capture a 'dumb image' of a document or spreadsheet. But *IF* you want to be able to re-use and version/revise the content captured in the future, you're going to want to have it in a native format. It also doesn't do anything for the issue of hardware obsolescence. This new media will be 'readable' on current technology, and likely on the next versions of hardware for, say... 10 years? But after that? You're looking at having to copy, convert and migrate everything stored on these BluRay or M-Discs all over again. So, does it matter that they have 'digital permanence' beyond 10 years? Even NARA requires media be reviewed every 5 years and replaced/refreshed every 10 years [36CFR 1236.28 (f)] There's still NORSAM if all we want is to be able to see an image... no one has been able to beat what they've got to offer in this arena.

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