OSTA’S FOURTH ANNUAL OPTICAL STORAGE SYMPOSIUM
SLATED FOR SEPT. 28 IN SAN FRANCISCO
OSTA’s Annual Symposium for the Optical
Storage Industry is being held in conjunction with the Digital Imaging ’05
Conference and will focus on Imaging Interoperability, Blue Laser Technology,
Archival Storage and Alternative Data Storage Technologies
Calif., July 21, 2005 — The Optical Storage Technology
Association (OSTA) announced today that it is hosting Optical Storage
Symposium – 2005, to be held September 28, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency,
San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, Calif. The event is co-located with
the 4th Annual Digital Imaging ‘05 Conference, sponsored by InfoTrends/CAP
Ventures, and taking place on September 28-29, to enable attendees of
both events to participate in a joint session for the two conferences
and other selected joint activities, which include a keynote luncheon
on Wednesday, September 28.
Each year OSTA’s annual Optical Storage Symposium draws business
and technology leaders from a diverse range of industry segments including
consumer electronics, digital photography, entertainment, music, personal
computers, optical and archival storage to exchange ideas and keep pace
with the latest industry trends. Presentations and roundtable forums
will focus on perspectives and prospects for optical storage technology
and how it impacts each of these industry segments.
Each year we hear from the attendees what a great benefit the symposium
has been for them by providing a means to meet with executives from different
industry segments to exchange ideas and the information needed to keep
pace with the latest trends in the marketplace,” said David Bunzel,
President of OSTA. “By hosting this symposium in conjunction with
Digital Imaging ’05, OSTA continues to act as a catalyst to address
issues that affect consumers, manufacturers and developers of digital
In addition this year, InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, a leading market research
and consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industries,
will showcase Digital Imaging ’05 Conference. Positioned as the
gathering place for industry influencers and trendsetters to network
and learn, conference attendees will benefit from the in-depth insights
and market analysis provided by a team of expert industry analysts speaking
on topics that will include camera phones, photo printing, digital cameras
and video, and the digital living room plus several additional timely
For the OSS 2005 sessions, two tracks are planned: OSS, focused primarily
on consumer electronics, and COSA (Commercial Optical Storage Applications)
to address archival storage and compliance requirements. For the OSS
track, topics include: Blue Laser Optical Storage: A Technology Waiting
to Happen; What to Choose – Alternative Data Storage Technologies,
and Imaging Interoperability Between CE Devices - How Do We Get There?
(which is the joint session with Digital Imaging ’05). Topics for
the COSA sessions include: Archive Based Applications – Utilizing
Optical for Compliance with Regulations to Avoid Risky Conversions and
Overspending; The Search for an Archival Medium – the 100-Year
Optical Disc; and Tiered Storage Management – What It Is and the
Benefits in both Archival and Backup Applications. To complete the day,
a joint OSS/COSA session titled, Beyond DVD - What's in Store for the
Future of Archival Optical Media, is expected to be of interest to all
Following are highlights of the Optical Storage Symposium – 2005.
Additional details and registration information can be found online at
http://www.osta.org/oss or call (408)253-3695.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM
8:30 AM Session 1 0SS: Blue Laser Optical Storage: A Technology Waiting
Vendors from both the Blu-ray and HD-DVD groups continue to promote their
respective technologies, but is the market ready for these products?
What factors will be critical for Blue Laser products to succeed? Will
recordable or ROM technology drive the market? Will there be any content
to record? Can Hollywood agree on copy protection that will also be acceptable
to the consumer? Do consumers need high-definition movies? A panel of
industry experts will discuss and debate the various issues that will
influence the future prospects of Blue Laser Technology.
9:30 AM Session 1 COSA – Archive
based Applications – Utilizing
Optical for Compliance with Regulations to Avoid Risky Conversions and
Vendors and users alike are scrambling to meet regulatory requirements
for storage of a wide range of data and information. Email archive is
one of the hottest applications within the compliance arena, with huge
fines being imposed by the Government for non-compliance. Come hear how
specific users and leading storage software companies have utilized optical
storage as a compliant, secure and scalable archive storage media within
critical data protection and management applications. Topics include:
• The numerous data types being
• The issues faced by users: Encryption, Retention Periods, Non-Alterable
• How solutions are being structured and data and information protected
utilizing optical storage.
Why optical storage is being utilized – longevity and retention
periods vs migration and conversion on other media.
• Total Cost of Ownership reductions utilizing optical storage.
10:30 AM Session 2 OSS: What to Choose…Alternate
Data Storage Technologies
While optical discs are a standard for removable storage, significant
markets have developed for alternative storage products in both niche
and mass market environments. USB Flash drives are not only replacing
floppy disk drives, but new applications are developing for these products.
Small hard disk drives are competing in the removable storage market
because of their high capacity and decreasing cost. Other removable storage
products are in the market and being developed, their proponents hoping
to capture a share of this significant growth market.
10:45 AM Session 2 COSA: The Search for an Archival
Medium – The
100-Year Optical Disc
This session features presentations from the Department
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the user community
for what they envision as a medium of choice for archival and digital
preservation. An important session for both optical disc manufacturers
and end-users that have to decide what are the desired characteristics
of the best optical medium for archival purposes. Issues to be discussed
• What are the critical applications
that would require 100 year media performance?
• What would end-users be willing to pay in terms of overall cost in time
• What is the role of the Federal Government in digital preservation?
• What is industry doing to address this problem?
1:45 PM Session 3 OSS: Imaging Interoperability Between CE Devices -
How Do We Get There? (Joint Session with InfoTrends)
Sure, all devices play JPGs but transferring collections of photos
from device to device often means losing the "metadata" that
was painstakingly entered by the consumer. Join a panel of industry leaders
for a roundtable discussion about what companies and organizations are
doing about imaging interoperability.
They'll respond to key questions, such as:
* Do consumers care or need better interoperability?
* How will interoperability affect consumers' behavior while using digital
* Will cell phone imaging drive the need for easier and better exchange
of images & metadata?
2:45 PM Session 3 COSA: Tiered Storage Management – What
It Is and the Benefits in both Archival and Backup Applications
Increasingly, users are faced with storing more and more data
over longer periods of time. Tiered storage is about using the best and
media for critical
data storage requirements throughout the retention periods. Access requirements,
storage costs and the need to avoid penalties for not storing the proper information
at any given point are primary end user concerns. The session will focus on the
Tiered storage is not primary and secondary magnetic disk and adding more disks
is, according to major disk vendors, “increasingly impractical”.
• The real benefits of true tiered storage are speed, cost and reliability
Traditional “backup” data is being split into static or a more
permanent data set, utilizing the appropriate RW and WORM media types for
each. See the
advantages of adding optical to the standard backup application to create
an inexpensive but secure compliant solution.
4:15 PM Session 4 OSS/COSA: Beyond
DVD – What’s
In Store for the
Future of Archival Optical Media
This session features presentations on the next generation of optical
technologies for archival and digital preservation, including Blu-Ray, HD-DVD,
FVD, and holographic
disc storage. An important session for archivists, government agencies and
librarians to become aware of future optical technologies and their impact
on future collection
management. This session also provides an opportunity for end-users to speak
directly with the industry on their future storage needs and current challenges.
Issues to be discussed include:
• What are the differences in
these technologies and the applications they address?
• Have there been any successful early adopters with these technologies
• What does industry see as the role of standards and interoperability
5:45 PM Closing Reception – Joint
gathering with InfoTrends
A limited number of additional sponsorship opportunities
are available. For more information, please contact Debbie Maguire at
or by phone
at (408) 253-3695.
The cost for this information-packed event is just $395 for OSTA members or
associates, and $495 for non-members. Registration includes continental breakfast,
lunch and closing reception. OSTA discussion sessions and the joint session
with InfoTrends are also included in the registration fee. Limited walk-up
at the door are available for $450 for members and $550 for non-members. For
more information, or to obtain the registration form, visit the OSTA Web site
at www.osta.org. For questions, call (408) 253-3695 or email debbieostaorg.
The OSTA Optical Storage Symposium – 2005 will be held at the Hyatt
Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010.
reservations, call (650) 347-1234 or fax number (650) 696-2669. Ask for rooms
in the OSTA Block. To take advantage of group rates, hotel reservations must
be made by September 6, 2005.
For more information, or to register for the Digital Imaging ’05 Conference
please visit www.infotrends-rgi.com.
About the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA)
The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) was incorporated as an
international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of recordable
and products. The organization’s membership includes optical product
manufacturers and resellers from three continents, representing more than
85 percent of worldwide
writable optical product shipments. They work to shape the future of the
industry through regular meetings of DVD Compatibility, Commercial Optical
(COSA), Marketing, MPV (MusicPhotoVideo), Planning and UDF committees. Interested
companies worldwide are invited to join the organization and participate
in its programs by contacting an OSTA representative at (408) 253-3695, by
fax at (408)
253-9938, or by addressing its Web site at http://www.osta.org.
About InfoTrends/CAP Ventures:
InfoTrends/CAP Ventures is the leading worldwide market research and strategic
consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. They
provide research, analysis, forecasts and advice to help clients understand
market trends, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to grow their
InfoTrends/CAP Ventures produces the annual Digital Imaging Conference