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Rethinking Archival Economics and Next-Gen Optical Tech

Steven Santamaria  (CEO, Folio Photonics)

Location: Room 206

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

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Track: Emerging IT & Data Center Technologies

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

Digital data is growing like wildfire due to the proliferation of connected devices, increased data generation from emerging technologies like IoT, AI, and machine learning (ML), as well as developing business and regulatory requirements for data retention. And it's stressing our old ways of archiving to the breaking point. With hard drives hitting their limits, it's time for data centers to evolve quickly and economically. If you think archiving is a 'dump and forget' game, this session is going to be a wake-up call. We'll dive into innovative optical tech that can keep your data safe for a century and dramatically trim your storage costs over time. By the end, you'll have the insights to make smarter, long-term plans for your data storage.


  • Discover why traditional hard disk drives are becoming a liability for long-term data archiving and why urgent change is needed.
  • Learn about the next-gen optical technologies that extend remastering cycles up to 100 years, minimizing labor and financial overhead.
  • Understand the economics of data storage, including a new model that can drastically reduce your annual media acquisition costs.
  • Gain actionable insights into long-term planning for data storage that aligns with both technological advancements and budget considerations.