Sony has finally won a format war and redeemed itself from the Betamax debacle in the 1980s. The immediate impact will certainly be in the consumer market, but it won't be long before the technology makes it into computers and data centers. The win was also impressive given the weight that Microsoft threw behind HD-DVD. John C. Dvorak said, "I am convinced that this whole HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray format war debacle was a scheme for Microsoft to mess with Sony."
R.I.P. HD DVD (PC Mag)
The HD DVD "fire sale" has already started at retailers carrying the format, with some giving the players away in order to sell the media at half price. Amazon is selling HD movies for half price, even as Blu-Ray prices have jumped dramatically in some cases.
Format War is Over (Techie Diva)
How much data will fit on a blu-ray disc? (blu-ray.com)
I am looking forward to Blu-Ray to make it into computers as the discs store 50 GB (eventually expandable to 200 GB), which will be a major boon for archiving data, giving us much better options for storing large amounts of static data. Backup tapes are an awful, unreliable medium for storing archived data. Since we have so much data that is best stored on an optical medium, it is nice to see the standard solidify. Will you begin to use Blu-Ray for data storage in the near future?