Optical Jukebox

Written by Thomas Neighbors
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An optical jukebox is a great way to store data for any length of time and allows for easy access to that information. Most data storage discs remain functional for a long period of time and take advantage of developments intended to speed up data retrieval. This is quite a change from the days of file cabinets or even data storage servers that became popular as a company's data outgrew their standard boxes.

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A jukebox manager is software that can manage where data is written to, stored and how that information is retrieved when necessary. It is not much different from a traditional file manager in that it will keep an inventory of files, their location and can even push files to a user if requested. By using different programs and configurations you can turn the optical jukebox into hardware that works for your company and one that responds when you need it.

Why an Optical Jukebox?

Increased regulations mandated by HIPAA or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have created the need for companies to store information for a longer period of time. Whether it is a patient's records or historical financial data, in order to comply with these acts a company must backup and archive their information on a routine basis. If tapes are piling up in the storage facility or if tracking down information is difficult then it is wise to look at optical solutions.

Using optical storage allows companies to take advantage of the latest technologies while saving money otherwise spent on labor or hardware. Switching data from server to server to free up disk space can be tedious and require overtime for the job to be completed. Purchasing additional servers to store the data may work for the short term but purchasing new hardware on a regular basis can be costly.

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