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Plasmon to showcase new UDO and Raidtec storage technology at Storage Expo 2006

September 11th, 2006

Plasmon (LSE: PLM), market leader in professional data storage solutions, today announced plans to demonstrate its latest archival and RAID storage products at Storage Expo being held in London on the 18th and 19th October 2006. New products on show will include the UDO Archive Appliance and Raidtec FX4000 Fibre Channel RAID solution.

Steve Tongish, marketing director for EMEA at Plasmon, will also be presenting a paper in the Business Strategy Theatre entitled: “Optical Storage Market and Technology Update” on Thursday19th October from 10.30-11.00am.

Plasmon´s UDO Archive Appliance is a hybrid archival storage solution that combines the ease-of-use and performance of Network Attached RAID with the longevity and authenticity of UDO (Ultra Density Optical) in a fully integrated solution. First launched at CeBIT earlier this year, the UDO Archive Appliance has been installed at more than 200 customers worldwide as part of their archive and disaster recovery strategies. The UDO Archive Appliance is simple to deploy and provides faster access performance than tape, lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) than disk and more secure record authenticity than both disk and tape.

The FX4000 is Plasmon´s fastest fibre channel RAID product. With a 4Gb fibre channel interface and dual active-active controllers, the FX4000 delivers an impressive 1,500 MB/sec transfer rate (four port read). The expandable FX4000 architecture supports both SAS and SATA disk drives with up to four 12 bay enclosures in a single configuration. The FX4000 was designed for the growing midrange SAN (Storage Area Network) market that requires high performance primary storage in a flexible and cost-effective package.

Steve Tongish´s seminar will explore the increasing use of optical storage for long-term archive applications. Professional optical technology offers a number of advantages over magnetic disk and tape technologies, while optical archiving can reduce the frequency of data migration while ensuring record authenticity for compliance with regulations and corporate risk management policies.

Using actual customer examples, the session will compare the strengths and weaknesses of optical, tape and disk strategies for long-term archiving including the total cost of ownership of the different technologies. It will also examine the technical and commercial viability of new and emerging optical technologies including Blu-ray, HD-DVD and Holographic.

“Storage Expo is the perfect place to showcase the new developments to our archival and RAID storage products,” explains Steve Tongish, marketing director for EMEA at Plasmon. “I am also looking forward to be presenting again at Storage Expo. My session will provide an opportunity for delegates to learn more about optical storage, why it is so popular for data archiving, how it is being deployed, and discuss future optical technologies.”

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