Plasmon Launches Compliant Write Once UDO Media

New UDO media meets customers' need to destroy files for compliance and liability purposes

DENVER—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 29, 2005— Plasmon (LSE: PLM), the market leader for professional archival storage solutions, today announced the launch of the new UDO (Ultra Density Optical) Compliant Write Once media. Designed for archive applications subject to regulatory compliance and for ILM (Information Lifecycle Management) environments that have very specific data retention and disposition requirements, Compliant Write Once media contains a new feature that combines Write Once authenticity with the ability to physically destroy records, thereby enabling organizations to be in compliance with data retention and disposition regulations.

The release of Compliant Write Once media adds a third UDO media type to the existing Rewritable and True Write Once formats. The new media is a hybrid that offers the data longevity and authenticity provided by True Write Once media, but with the ability to destroy designated records. Using a special "shred" operation, targeted data sectors on Compliant Write Once media can be physically destroyed. Unlike the erase pass on magnetic disks, the shred operation on Phase Change media leaves no residual traces of previously written data. As a result, shredding data on Compliant Write Once media provides the highest possible standard for absolute data destruction.

"The availability of Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Complaint Write Once media is key to customers requiring data longevity and authenticity while maintaining data retention," states Brian Garrett, analyst and technical director of Enterprise Strategy Group Lab. "Plasmon's offering is particularly compelling because it offers shredding technology which destroys data and keeps an audit trail to verify that the data was indeed eliminated. This is a capability that current disk-based systems do not have and thus a major advantage for those in business environments where compliance is a major issue."

Compliant Write Once media is extremely well received by Plasmon's community of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who support UDO drives and G-Series libraries within their data storage and document management applications. UDO drives already installed in the field can support Compliant Write Once media by means of a straightforward firmware upgrade.

"The development of Compliant Write Once media was a direct response to evolving customer requirements and represents an important new option for archival storage environments," commented Nigel Street, Plasmon CEO. "Organizations are under increasing pressure to address the risks of both non- and over-compliance with record retention requirements. UDO Compliant Write Once media, by providing both unalterable retention and secure destruction, is a very effective tool for organizations to manage the entire lifecycle of their data."

As part of a trio of UDO media formats that also includes Rewritable and True Write Once, Compliant Write Once media provides organizations with the flexibility to match the business needs of their diverse data types with the most appropriate archival storage technology.

About Plasmon

Plasmon is a leader in professional data storage solutions, providing the industry's strongest line of archival storage technologies, including UDO drives and media, optical libraries and storage management software. Plasmon also provides RAID storage systems for SAN, NAS and DAS environments. 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 www.plasmon.com or www.udo.com

Plasmon and UDO are registered trademarks of Plasmon Plc. Copyright 2005.



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