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Plasmon Pushes Archive Virtualization

Plasmon has put another building block in place to remake itself from an optical storage supplier into a data storage solution provider. The latest release of the vendor's Enterprise Active Archive (EAA) system includes enhanced search functions designed to virtualize media management of data for both on-line and off-line media. However, the product is still missing features that corporations need to realize all of the potential benefits possible from virtualized data storage.

Companies are struggling to manage data growth and reduce the costs associated with retaining data over long periods of time, according to Mike Koclanes, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing at Plasmon.

There are many cases where corporations need to keep data much longer now -- several years in many cases -- than ever before,” he says.

Long-term storage has been the area where Plasmon has built its business and the company is a leading optical storage system vendor. Increasingly, corporations are asking their suppliers to meld different media options, so they can manage those assets in a more integrated fashion.

Plasmon has been stepping into this arena, and EAA is the linchpin in its strategy. The product was designed to help companies comply with various regulations, such as Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, SEC 17a-4, or FRCP, which outline standards for data retention, management, and protection.

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