29/07/2013 10:13 BST | Updated 28/09/2013 06:12 BST

Sony And Panasonic To Release 300GB Disks In 2015

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If you thought the time of the optical disk was over - think again. Especially if you happen to work for Sony or Panasonic.

The two tech giants have announced they they will jointly work to produce the next generation of disks - even if consumers have already moved on to online and streaming media, if not the current Blu-Ray standard.

The new disks will be capable of storing at least 300GB per disk - if not more.

Mainly aimed at professionals, the disks could be used to back up HD films, move large amounts of data or perform essential maintenance.

Sony said in a press release:

"Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content."

Indeed, and to be deliberately generous to Sony and Panasonic, if a flight to New York takes about 7 hours 50 minutes, you'd need a transfer rate of about 10 mb/s to send 300GB of data faster than sticking it on a plane.

The new disk will be available by the end of 2015, the two companies said.