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Plasmon Supplies Optical Library Family To IBM.

DENVER -- E[acute accent]New 3996 libraries extend ILM product offering and allow IBM users to benefit from UDO archival storage technology with full service and support from IBM

E[acute accent]Plasmon (LSE: PLM), the market leader for professional archival storage solutions, today announced that IBM is using Plasmon UDO (Ultra Density Optical) drive, media and automation technology in its new line of Ultra Density Optical libraries. The Plasmon UDO technology is being deployed in IBM System Storage(TM) 3996 Optical libraries for IBM(R) eServer(TM) iSeries(TM) systems, allowing iSeries users to benefit from leadership UDO archival storage and enjoy full installation and ongoing product maintenance support from IBM Global Services. E[acute accent]The new 3996 libraries with Plasmon drive, media and automation technology are available in three configurations - Model 032, 080 and 174 - and is a follow-on offering to IBM's highly successful 3995 library family. The libraries, designed for entry-level and midrange customers, support both Plasmon Write Once and Rewritable 30GB UDO media. E[acute accent]The 3996 Optical Libraries are natively supported by iSeries i5/0S(TM) and include IBM Global Services installation and one-year maintenance as standard. The solution is available through IBM's direct sales force and IBM Business Partners. E[acute accent]"With the marketplace acceptance of UDO technology, we see optical storage helping iSeries customers address their long-term data retention needs," said Brad Johns, Program Director, Business Development, Tape Marketing, IBM. He adds, "The addition of UDO based Optical Libraries complements our portfolio of ILM storage solutions, providing our customers a wider choice of options." E[acute accent]The 3996 Model 032 is an entry-level library with one or two UDO drives and a maximum physical capacity of 960GB. The Model 080 and Model 174 libraries include either two or four UDO drives and have a maximum physical capacity of 2.4TB and 5.2TB, respectively. E[acute accent]"The introduction of the 3996 by IBM underscores the growing momentum for UDO technology in the archival storage market," said Nigel Street, Plasmon CEO. "For IBM customers, the 3996 offers a migration path for existing 3995 users and a well-defined future roadmap for those organizations investing in UDO technology for the first time. We expect the broader IBM community to benefit from UDO's absolute record authenticity, media longevity and low total cost of ownership." E[acute accent]Plasmon will continue to sell its Enterprise G-Series, the G238, G438 and G638 for IBM i5/OS, through existing channel partners.

E[acute accent]About UDO

E[acute accent]Based on high density, blue laser recording technology, UDO (Ultra Density Optical) is the 30GB standard for professional archival storage. UDO is designed specifically for the secure, long-term storage of high volume document images, emails, customer records, audio or video files, financial information and engineering documentation. E[acute accent]UDO media is available in Write Once and Rewritable media formats, which are certified ECMA and ISO standards. UDO Write Once technology enables regulatory compliance, best practice and audit trail management and is ideal for applications that require records be archived in an unalterable, non-erasable format for legal admissibility. UDO Rewritable media is used for more general archive requirements that demand data longevity while allowing older records to be erased and media space reused. E[acute accent]Unlike magnetic storage media, UDO tolerates a wide range of environmental conditions and can be safely stored for many years in a typical office environment. A highly stable Phase Change recording technology delivers media life in excess of 50 years, minimizing the frequency of data migration and virtually eliminating media maintenance. UDO is the technology of choice for archive applications that demand proven media longevity and ensures data authenticity at a very low total cost of ownership. E[acute accent]The UDO technology roadmap includes future generations of 60GB and 120GB media capacities with drive backward read compatibility to maximize investment protection and ensure long-term data access.

E[acute accent]About Plasmon

E[acute accent]Plasmon is a leader in professional archival storage solutions, providing the industry's most comprehensive line of archival storage solutions based on UDO drives and media, optical libraries and storage management software. Customers include corporations, institutions and government agencies worldwide and are backed by a global service and support network. Founded in 1984, Plasmon is listed on the London Stock Exchange, (LSE: PLM). Worldwide headquarters are in Cambridge, United Kingdom with major manufacturing facilities in Cork, Ireland and Colorado, USA. Plasmon has regional sales offices throughout Europe and North America. For more information, visit E[acute accent]Plasmon, UDO and Raidtec are registered trademarks of Plasmon Plc. Copyright 2005.
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Date:Oct 17, 2005
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