ISO Officially Adopts UDO2 Standard Further Validating its Role as an Industry Leading Technology for Long-Term Archival Storage

BROOMFIELD, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—September 4, 2008— Plasmon (LSE:PLM), the trusted source in archiving systems, today announced that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) officially adopted Ecma-380, the second generation Ultra Density Optical (UDO2) Media Format Standard by Ecma International, the industry association dedicated to the standardization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The new certified standard, which is known as ISO/IEC 11976, specifies the mechanical, physical and optical characteristics of Plasmons 60GB UDO2 media.

The adoption of Plasmons second generation UDO2 standard by ISO, IEC and Ecma International further validates the significance of the technology and demonstrates to our customers that the Plasmon technology qualifies as an international high quality standard that meets the requirements for long-term digital archiving, said Dr. Robert Longman, Group Technical Director, Plasmon. This is the second time that Plasmons UDO technology has been adopted as the recognized technology standard by three of the top technical standards organizations in the world. Plasmon will continue to drive innovation in the data archiving market and provide its users with products that meet the highest technology standards.

Since its introduction, Plasmon has seen an increase in the overall market adoption of its UDO2 technology and rapid growth for UDO2 archival storage solutions. This positive growth can be seen from companies that are adopting archive best practices such as Plasmons 3-2-1 paradigm for simultaneously ensuring rapid data access, high availability, and very long-term, secure offsite retention. The paradigm calls for 3 copies of archive data to be made on at least 2 different types of media with a minimum of 1 copy written to removable, long-lived, and powered-down media, stored offsite. Plasmons archive solutions allow organizations to easily and cost-effectively deploy a 3-2-1 strategy to meet their critical business requirements. The adoption of the new UDO standard by industry organizations like ISO demonstrates that Plasmon is responding to market demand with world class archive solutions that solve business problems.

The new Ecma publication is Standard 380 and is titled Data Interchange on 130 mm Rewritable and Write Once Read Many Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Disk Cartridges Capacity: 60 Gbytes per Cartridge Second Generation. It can be downloaded from the Ecma website at /ECMA-ST/ECMA-380.pdf. (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.) ISO/IEC 11976 was published in July.

About Plasmon

For more than 21 years, Plasmon has partnered with leading organizations worldwide to implement long-term archiving solutions. Plasmon provides customers with a proven methodology for establishing and managing enterprise archives as part of their IT and business processes. Plasmon solutions are designed specifically for long-term archiving without a product agenda and offer customers choice and flexibility to help them manage data growth, reduce archive complexity, enhance operation efficiencies, reduce cost and mitigate governance risk.

Founded in 1987, Plasmon PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:PLM) and is headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom with offices globally. For more information, visit

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