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InPhase and DSM ramp up storage

16 January 2007

Holographic data storage specialist InPhase Technologies, has signed an automation OEM agreement with DSM, a leading developer of jukebox storage systems for major enterprise customers. The agreement will enable the delivery of the first holographic archival systems using InPhase’s patented Tapestry 300R holographic drives for customers in the broadcast industry and beyond.

InPhase has already delivered the first commercial holographic storage drive, and will provide volume shipments of both the Tapestry 300R drive, and holographic media, in 2007. DSM customers include Deutsche Bank, ESA, Siemens Medical and Volkswagen, among many others. The Tapestry 300R drive will store 300GB of information on a single 5 _-inch disc, at a transfer rate of 20MB/s. Together with DSM’s optical jukebox systems, it will provide the highest-capacity optical storage solution on the market.

“Holographic storage is now, finally, a reality for customers. It provides the high-capacity, high-density solutions for secure, long-life storage that leading companies are seeking,” said Art Rancis, vice president of sales for InPhase Technologies. “Together with DSM’s expertise in optical jukebox systems, our holographic archival solutions can offer today’s $10 billion corporate archive storage market unprecedented value for enterprises that are straining to keep up with ever-increasing data storage demands.”

“We are the only European company able to implement these holographic units into large libraries and, together with InPhase, we can address a corporate enterprise storage market that requires very high-capacity, petabyte-sized, storage. We are one of the very few jukebox providers that can provide this,” said Immo Gathmann, director of sales for DSM. “We can address new markets that have yet to move beyond tape back-up for critical data archive applications and we can also offer new ways of looking at partitioning RAID systems for this initial product which, at 300GB, is very attractive for both near-line and deep archive asset retrieval functions.”

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