Panasonic showcased the data archiver and data center battery backup unit that utilizes 18650-size cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells at the OCP U.S. Summit 2015, held on March 10 - 11, 2015, in San Jose, California. OCP U.S. Summit 2015 is one of the events of the industry hosted by OCP, Open Compute Project, an organization that Facebook has established to promote open source server hardware.
Panasonic's Data Archiver is a "scalable optical disc library system" that meets the needs of the next generation data center proposed by the OCP with its ability to store data for an extended period of time.
By drawing on its optical media, disc drive, and robotics technology, Panasonic has developed a scalable system suitable for long-term data storage comprised of modules that can be extended as the amount of data increases. Compared to hard discs, the Data Archiver also boasts low power cooling, and therefore it will reduce running costs.
Data centers require backup power in the event of a power failure during long-term storage period. In addition, the batteries need to be both compact and efficient to support the needs of the distributed type of data center.
At OCP, Panasonic also showcased a battery backup unit that utilizes its 18650-size cylindrical lithium-ion batteries. This is a reliable battery with with a wide array of applications from laptop computers to the world's most advanced electric vehicles.