Company backgroundOpternity's technology has its roots in the optical recording technology originally developed by Philips and Sony for the LaserVision and Compact Audio Disc. During the early 1980's Philips also developed the first recordable "write-once" optical disks and drives, first at its Digital Optical Recording (DOR) lab in Eindhoven and later at its joint venture with Control Data in Colorado Springs.
Both founders of Opternity played leading roles in both activities. While at Polaroid later in their careers, they were both instrumental in several NIST sponsored consortia focused on developing optical tape mass storage systems during the 1990's. Due to various business and technology reasons these activities did not lead to commercial success at that time.
Applying the most recent but proven optical recording technologies as developed for the CD/DVD to a high-density large capacity tape system poses significant technical challenges that until now were not solved in a reliable, robust and low-cost manner. Opternity has solved this problem with a new inventive approach. This allows for the creation of new system solutions that are eminently suitable to serve the emerging market for long-term archival and reference data.
This "permanent archival data" storage segment is quite distinct from, but compatible with, on-line storage, storage networking, storage mangement and back-up/recovery solutions. Permanent storage is unique in its requirements for vast scalability, extremely low cost and long unattended data life. A broad customer field will include industries with regulated data archiving requirements such as financial institutions and health care organizations, and enterprises that process huge data sets such as government agencies, geophysical and biomedical research companies. As requirements for permanent storage grow, all mainstream corporate data centers will quickly become customers across many application categories.