Plasmon, the market leader for professional archival storage solutions, today announced plans to launch its new UDO Archive Appliance at CeBIT 2006 in Hanover on March 9th 15th. This new solution is a major addition to the Plasmon archival storage product line and is the first to merge Plasmon№s UDO® (Ultra Density Optical) and RAID technologies in a fully integrated, tiered storage solution. The UDO Archive Appliance combines the performance of RAID with the longevity and authenticity of UDO in a single product that meets corporate policies and industry regulations for data archives.
With more than 50 installations at hospitals worldwide, the UDO Archive Appliance has already proven itself in the medical imaging market and this new extended version is now bringing the same safe, secure, long-term data storage to the much wider email, data and content management market.
According to Sanjay Shah, CIO at Cabell Huntington Hospital: іThe Archive Appliance was the only solution that met all of our requirements for HIPAA compliance, security, fast access, longevity and cost.
The unique tiered architecture of the UDO Archive Appliance is based on a network attached interface that is simple to install and configure. Data is cached on RAID for quick access, immediately committed to UDO for long-term retention, and can also be taken off-line for archive expansion and low-cost disaster recovery. UDO is the standard for data archiving. As a non-volatile optical technology with an extremely long life, UDO requires no proactive media maintenance and the Write Once format ensures record authenticity that is far superior to magnetic disk and tape technology.
“As firms work to enhance their data retention guidelines in response to regulatory and corporate governance requirements, they need solutions that would allow them to effectively enforce retention (including approved data
deletion) policies throughout the organisation´s tiered-storage environment,” said Vivian Tero, senior research analyst at IDC. “Solutions like Plasmon´s UDO Archive Appliance that help companies effectively manage retention schedules while leveraging existing storage capabilities like network attached storage will play a major role in corporate compliance efforts.”
Unlike some archive products that use a proprietary interface, the UDO Archive Appliance has a standard file system interface, making it easy to integrate with third-party applications. In addition to the already-established medical imaging market, new applications for the UDO Archive Appliance include document imaging and capture, content management and email archiving.
іBuilding on our success with medical imaging integrators, we are looking forward to making the benefits of the new UDO Archive Appliance available to a much wider application and customer audience,І commented Nigel Street, CEO at Plasmon. іThe UDO Archive Appliance blends the strengths of standard industry components in an easy to integrate package that is extremely reliable and economical. It№s a compelling architecture, which addresses the demands of a record archive in a way that magnetic disk and tape archives cannot.І
Additional customer testimonials for the UDO Archive Appliance:
іThe customer specifically requested that we use UDO technology for their disaster recovery strategy. Tape does not provide the media life they need and disk-based archive systems are too expensive so UDO was the obvious choice.І Ulrich Uetz, project manager for GE Medical Medizinische Hochschule, Hannover
іThe Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance is the perfect complement to our GE Centricity PACS. Not only does it provide a scalable, cost-effective way to archive our images, it also doubles as our disaster recovery solution.І Ron Hagan, radiology supervisor / PACS administrator Lourdes Medical Pavilion
іWe looked at Centera but the reliability was in question you№re not getting that copy to take off-site to store in a vault at Iron Mountain.
It№s volatile and regardless of how much redundancy or how many copies it makes, if something№s corrupt then it№s corrupted multiple times. One of our main concerns was making sure we had a disaster recovery strategy. This is why we are migrating our historical archive over to the Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance, so we can have copies of our old images as well.І Scot La Clair, systems manager Newport Imaging Centers