Optical is Terrible, But...
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/why-facebook-thinks-blu-ray-discs-are-perfect-for-the-data-center/ Both Amazon Glacier and Facebook use bluray media for long term storage. It doesn't degrade at all like DVD or CD since it's a completely different process. So, it has some serious potential. However, DVD and CD basically suck so hard that they've given optical media a (justifiably) bad name.
If we WERE to use bluray media, it would probably be best served as a complimentary storage method, especially since its initial cost is so low (~$50 for a home writer plus the per/tb cost is relatively low)
While the M-Disc is new technology, I do believe that it can protect your data for a long, long time. They even went to the effort of making some videos of the disc:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQENbP8npsw - Milleniata commercial
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4tjgJHc0NQ - On the KSL5 news channel
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QODg2U0JR0 - Designed to Endure! ad
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfBEHlzvZnc - Lasagna test (needs a reaffirmation video)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFHYsGUf1Aw - M-Disc inspiration
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1zKZISYjZU - Testimonials
Pretty sure that it's exaggerating a bit, but I personally think it's the archiving solution for anyone. I'm trying to state that the description should be slightly altered. Archive Maniac 11:52, 21 September 2014 (EDT)