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ASTI Updates NAS Data Archiving System

Alliance Storage Technologies (ASTI) announced its upgraded Elite NAS archive appliance, which is equipped with RAID and Ultra Density Optical (UDO) storage capabilities.

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Alliance Storage Technologies Strengthens its Data Archiving Portfolio by Bringing Customers an Enhanced, High-Performance NAS Data Archiving Solution

Professional Data Archiving Manufacturer, Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc., combines high-tech advancements with a proven UDO media foundation to produce new and improved high-performance data archiving solution with a 400% increase in performance and added security. The powerful new Elite system takes professional data archiving to a new level with unsurpassed speed, performance, and manageability. This effort is part of ASTI’s technology refresh strategy released against the 2012 roadmap.

Colorado Springs, CO — August 10, 2012 — Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc., the primary source for professional data archiving solutions, has just announced high-tech advancements to the NAS Archive Appliance product line resulting in substantial performance improvements.

The new high-performance Archive Appliance, branded the Elite, is an all-inclusive solution for managing and archiving data securely and safely for extended periods (greater than 50 years) in an unaltered format that can be easily retrieved and randomly accessed by users.

The solution consists of the Storage Management System (the front-end server system with RAID that acts as a performance cache for the archive) and field-proven data archiving libraries based on regulatory compliant true Write-Once-Read-Many UDO technology. The two are integrated by an archive management software application that provides all the capabilities necessary for efficiently & effectively archiving data.

The company reports that the majority of the technology refresh has been made to the Storage Management System (SMS). “The entire SMS has undergone an impressive upgrade with active data files ingested and written to UDO media four times faster than our previous generation of NAS archive solutions,” reports Jim Heckethorn, Director of Engineering and Product Development.

The latest technologies have been designed into the Elite SMS, including: Quad Intel XEON Processors, increased cache, and throughputs on hardware speeds and bandwidths that have more than doubled. Additionally, a hardware RAID controller with battery backup, and up to twelve, 2TB SAS RAID Drives (delivering up to 24TB of raw RAID Cache) have been incorporated, all resulting in a 400% increase in throughput and a greater level of security.

Another important technical enhancement of the SMS is an added high-speed Cache SSD that buffers data before writing to the UDO Drives. This enables more data to be transferred to more drives simultaneously resulting in much faster throughput while offloading the RAID workload.

The Archive Management Software is easy to navigate and configure while offering a comprehensive feature set for managing data. Powerful new features have been added to the upgraded software that greatly expands replication capabilities.

Archiving data with the correct technology is the key to reducing business costs. Over 80% of data on primary storage is rarely accessed and typically has high overhead costs associated with maintaining and backing up the data. “A proper archive tier allows you to move static data to an Archive Appliance Elite where it no longer needs to be backed up. Once written to UDO media, the data no longer requires a constant power source,” clarified Chris Carr, CEO. “This greatly reduces operational and overhead costs over the life of the archive while still providing maximum security for critical data.”

Libraries operate with regulatory-compliant UDO media which offers superior longevity making it a cornerstone for any organization with a need for permanent, long-term data retention. The company has indicated that there are over 17,000 data archiving libraries currently installed internationally. Solutions are applicable to any industry or organization including (but not limited to) government, medical, finance, and legal. Scalable Archive Appliance Elite solutions are available for any size of organization or archive from entry-midrange to enterprise.

About Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc.
Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. (ASTI) is the primary source for professional data archiving solutions worldwide that meet and exceed today’s challenging regulatory demands for secure archival data. Professional solutions provide value to any industry including: Healthcare, Finance, Government, Insurance, Legal, and more. These regulatory-compliant systems preserve unaltered data for extended periods (greater than 50 years) at an exceptionally low total cost of ownership.

Scalable product offerings include: Direct and Networked-Attached (DAS/NAS) Plasmon® storage libraries, with Ultra Density Optical (UDO™) as the core technology, related Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) media, and archive software. Best-in-class global support services are available to sustain customer installations. Additionally, a complete line of certified Plasmon® parts are available. ASTI is committed to providing every customer with exemplary customer service and support from first contact through the life of the relationship. Thousands of businesses worldwide trust ASTI quality to secure their valuable investments in corporate data.

For more information, please visit http://www.alliancestoragetechnologies.com, or call 719-593-7900.

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