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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Optical storage is riding the wave of regulatory compliance to make a play for a greater enterprise presence. The latest technology--ultra-density optical or UDO--boosts optical disk capacities and read/write performance sufficiently to make it a viable alternative for some enterprise applications. Plasmon is leading the UDO field with libraries that contain up to 638 slots that accommodate 30GB UDO cartridges, for a total capacity of more than 19TB. Its newest entry is the UDO Archive Appliance, which has a NAS interface, a RAID disk cache of up to 2TB and has been certified with a number of archive application vendors. "We've enabled multiple applications to be able to set up unique archive policies," says Mike Koclanes, Plasmon's chief strategy officer and senior VP of sales and marketing. Koclanes says that in addition to archiving, "we have people using it for nearline [storage]," citing one Canadian bank that stores customer-accessible information on a UDO box. But he points out that Plasmon doesn't position UDO products as a suitable alternative to ... Access >>>

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