Plasmon to Play Key Role in IBM FileNet P8 Disaster Recovery Service
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BROOMFIELD, Colo.--(Business Wire)-- Plasmon PLC (LSE:PLM), the trusted source in archiving solutions, today announced that it is working with IBM to provide a disaster recovery solution that moves companies beyond a reliance on backup and gives customers trusted, timely and cost-effective recovery of critical data. Plasmon's UDO Archive Appliance(TM) is being combined with IBM's Hot Site Recovery Service to allow IBM FileNet P8 customers to leverage, simultaneously, the unique strengths of archival disk and optical media in a single system. This combination allows customers to address data accessibility, disaster recovery and other archive requirements in a way that traditional storage products cannot. With industry statistics estimating the cost of downtime averaging between $85,000 and $90,000 an hour, disaster recovery and business continuity continue to be business imperatives. For IBM FileNet P8 customers that have demanding recovery time objectives, the enhanced Hot Site Recovery service that includes Plasmon's Archive Appliance now provides a solution to meet this objective in a faster, more cost-effective manner. Utilizing Plasmon's Archive Appliance, P8 customers write data to Archival RAID storage allowing for quick information access during everyday use. As part of this process, archived data is also automatically copied to removable and highly durable UDO (Ultra Density Optical) disks for long-term storage by the Archive Appliance. As part of IBM's enhanced Hot Site Recovery solution these optical disks, which can provide over 100 years of longevity, are then shipped to an offsite location providing further security and recoverability options. If a disaster or crisis occurs, the optical disks can be transferred to the customers' IBM Hot Site locations along with backup copies of the IBM FileNet P8 databases for restoration. Unlike backup data, which must be laboriously transferred back onto disk to be accessible online, the archived data on UDO is available for online access as soon as it has been placed within a standby Archive Appliance at the IBM Hot Site. This solution allows IBM customers to move beyond reliance on time-consuming tape-based recovery or resorting to expensive redundant storage. "Working with IBM and communicating the value of the Archive Appliance to customers looking for faster, more cost-effective recovery options will help drive a further understanding of the importance of archiving data on multiple types of media to achieve a true archive that is protected for the life of the data but still easily accessible," said Steven Murphy, CEO, Plasmon. "Forging relationships with market leaders like IBM is key to our strategy of helping companies address their archiving and backup challenges in a more simplified manner." About the UDO Archive Appliance Plasmon has combined the performance and simplicity of network attached RAID with the longevity and authenticity of Ultra Density Optical (UDO) in the Archive Appliance to establish a new standard for archival storage. The UDO Archive Appliance easily integrates with content management, email and imaging applications, and enables organizations to deploy an archival storage strategy that meets their compliance and risk management requirements at a very low total cost of ownership. About Plasmon For more than 21 years, Plasmon has partnered with leading organizations worldwide to implement long-term archiving solutions. Plasmon provides customers with a proven methodology for establishing and managing enterprise archives as part of their IT and business processes. Plasmon solutions are designed specifically for long-term archiving without a product agenda and offer customers choice and flexibility to help them manage data growth, reduce archive complexity, enhance operation efficiencies, reduce cost and mitigate governance risk. Founded in 1987, Plasmon PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:PLM) and is headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom with offices globally. For more information, visit www.plasmon.com. Plasmon is a registered trademark of Plasmon Plc. Copyright 2006 Plasmon Patrick Dowling, 703-402-7853 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008