Brief: Disc aligns with New ATG

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Automated storage library manufacturer, Disc, Inc., of Milpitas, Calif., has announced a strategic partnership with optical disc drive vendor, New ATG of Toulouse, France. Under the new agreement, New ATG (Alcatel, Thomson Gigadisc) will integrate Disc's libraries into their line of optical storage solutions. The pact includes Disc's libraries that range in capacity from 728G Bytes to more than 5T Bytes.

These hybrid storage devices are used in both near-line and archival storage for enterprise networks, touting random access capabilities and a 100-year media shelf life. New ATG says the addition of the Disc libraries will result in a wider range of optical storage solutions for its customers.

"Through our partnership with Disc," said Bruno Epale, president of New ATG, "we will be able to give our customers a migration path from their installed 12-inch products to the current 5 1/4-inch technology. With Disc's product breadth added to our existing product line, we will be more competitive and have the ability to offer large scale near-line and archive storage devices, including network capabilities," he added.

Disc, Inc.'s, President and CEO, J. Richard Ellis said that Disc's relationship with New ATG will give their customers a migration path from the older 12-inch optical technology to the current 5.25-inch optical storage technology and, in turn, will increase Disc's overall penetration into the French and other European markets.

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