Hi. Freeze Ray is Panasonic's project. I think it should be launched this year and it should serve as a professional storage medium. I'm guessing corporations.
Facebook is currently using 100GB Blu ray discs as a part of their Cold Storage. They have 10000 discs per server rack. And later this year they should start implementing Freeze ray discs which hold 300GB. Data retention is predicted to be 100 years for these new discs.
Freeze ray is planned to be boosted up to 1TB per disc in the future.
Now, my question is: Do you expect this new optical disc format to ever reach consumer market?
I don't see a reason not to. I already use 100GB Blu rays for backup since they're not that expensive any more. I know that if you look on Amazon you'll still see ridiculous prices like 25 USD per disc but they actually cost as much as three times less if you can get a good deal.
Am I one of few who still sees optical media as a much better alternative to hard discs for long term archival?
I'm thinking that if any new optical format ever reaches consumer market, burners will stay very expensive as the demand will be lower than ever. Maybe they will become a new tape drive in the world of optical media.