The Future of Archival Data Storage

Folio Photonics is reinventing archival storage with modern optical storage technology. Our patented solution, the data film disc, is disruptive in costs, capacity, and longevity.

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The Coming Storm

The rise of data production, active archiving, and the stagnation of existing technologies.

Increased dependence on data is driving global datasphere growth at an unprecedented rate. From 2009 to 2019, the total world data increased from .9 zettabytes (ZB) to 20. By 2025, it will surge to 175 ZBs.

With the the increasing utility of data, active archiving has seen a meteoric rise to 6O% of the storage market. Organizations now have a choice - delete an increasing percentage of data generated or add capacity.

Storage innovation has not been able to keep pace with demand. HDDs are plateauing in capacity and cost and tape drives cannot satisfy active archive speeds. All options must be replaced every 4-7 years.

Optical Storage for the Future

Folio Photonics produces a multi-terabyte, multilayer fluorescent optical disc with a decades long shelf-life, small environmental footprint, and low total cost of ownership.

16 Layers and Counting

Our storage medium is based on a highly scalable multilayer film, manufactured in a continuous roll-to-roll process. The resulting discs are durable, cost-competitve, and consist of dozens of layers of writable capacity.

Over a 50 year period of use, Folio DataFilm discs result in 5-8x Lower Media Costs, 62x Lower Energy Costs, and 12X Lower Migration Costs.

Folio Photonics was founded in 2012 as a spin-off from the Case Western Reserve University Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, a National Science Foundation funded Science and Technology Center. The company is currently based in Solon, OH with a team of 14 working to further advance how the world archives data.


Steven Santamaria


Kenneth D. Singer, Ph.D.


Irina Shiyanovskaya, Ph.D.


Maria Anzola


Additional Board Members

Felix Brueck

Robert Pavey

Ronn Richard

Contact Folio Photonics

6864 Cochran Rd

Solon, OH 44139, USA

P: (440) 420-4500

F: (440) 359-8728