Young reportedly thanked Sun for enabling him to create an optical archive of his music from 1963 through the present, which will be issued on five Blu-ray disks, powered by Java code, starting soon. Java will enable fans to add material to the disks by downloading from the Internet, a feat that wouldn't be possible without the code, Young said.
For many IT pros, Young's appearance is more than a reminder of lost youth (can you be 60 on Sugar Mountain?). It's a prod to consider optical storage, a niche that's growing in attraction for many corporate users.
Just ask PowerFile, a company that uses Blu-ray disk as the key medium for storage archiving. "We're seeing quite a bit of uptake and significant increase in proof-of-concept projects," says director of product management Jim Sherhart. "People like the ability to keep archived data online for a small incremental cost over keeping tape on a shelf."