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PoINT Adds Blu-ray BDXL Support

PoINT Software & Systems GmbH announced that it is adding Blu-ray BDXL support to its Jukebox Manager and Storage Manager software.

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Unedited press release follows:

2010-11-29: PoINT provides software support for 100 GB BDXL-technology

Siegen. In parallel to the availability of the first 100 GB BDXL storage systems in Europe, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH provides a new version of its software products supporting the relevant hardware (jukeboxes, autoloader and single drives).

BDXL is a new multi-layer format that has been specified by the Blu-ray Disc Association in June 2010. BDXL means a three-layer 100 GB Blu-ray disc for recordable (write-once) and rewritable discs (BD-R and BD-RE) as well as a four-layer 128 GB disc for BD-R.

The new 100 GB BDXL technology doubles the capacity of the 50 GB blu-ray discs which are already successfully established in the storage market. Thereby, especially Blu-ray disc based jukebox systems are increasingly used for archiving purposes in professional IT environments. Due to legal requirements regarding archiving (“compliance”) more and more companies are forced to realize the subject matter in their IT infrastructure. Using the new BDXL technology offers numerous advantages, for example reduced energy cost and supplemental data loss protection.

The new version 7.1 of PoINT Jukebox Manager supports the new BDXL technology. Customers intending to purchase a BD jukebox system or to upgrade a present system to BDXL drives are hence enabled to use this technology. PoINT Jukebox Manager provides users and applications a standardized CIFS interface for BD jukeboxes. A reverse compatibility to 25 and 50 GB Blu-ray discs as well as to CD and DVD is thereby as a matter of course assured.

Also PoINT Storage Manager supporting the BDXL format will be released shortly so that integration of this technology in a tiered storage concept will be achieved. PoINT Storage Manager combines fast and reliable primary storage (“performance tier”), capacity-oriented secondary storage (“capacity tier”) and “revision-proof” archiving storage (“archive tier”) to a uniform three-stage architecture. In the process, inactive data in the performance tier, which is usually built by FC/SAS based hard disc systems, will be migrated to the capacity tier (e.g. realized by SATA RAID) in a transparent and automated manner. PoINT Storage Manager automatically stores data to be archived in the archiving tier, which could for example be realized by a jukebox capable for BDXL-technology.

About PoINT
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH, situated in Siegen, is specialized in the development of software products and systems solutions for storage and management of data using all available mass storage technologies like hard disks, magnetic tapes and optical media. Close collaboration with leading hardware manufacturers enables an early support of new storage technologies. Besides these complete solutions PoINT also offers its know-how as toolkits, which can be easily integrated in other applications by the programming interface. Furthermore PoINT projects entire storage solutions and provides consultancy with its long-term and versatile experience. PoINT products are distributed by about 50 partners in more than 25 countries world-wide and have been installed successfully in more than 2 million installations. The PoINT product portfolio ranges from recording and duplication of CD/DVD and Blu-ray Discs, professional audio- and video recording to business critical network.