Data Archiving Blog

Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA) Technology

The Sony Optical Disc Archive offer the most advanced optical technology on the market, far surpassing previous generations of optical technologies and other products available in the current marketplace.  Sony Optical Disc Archive products offer an excellent total cost of ownership, high capacity footprint, and exemplary performance, resultiing in a highly desirable data archiving technology.

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Effective Storage Strategies: 
Implementing an Archive Tier to Reduce Costs

The proliferation of unstructured data consumes countless terabytes and even petabytes of Tier 1 storage across almost every data center.

Reducing the costs associated with managing and preserving that data is of utmost concern.

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Upgrade & Expansion Options for Customers
Using Magneto Optical (MO) Media

All production of Magneto Optical (MO) media has been discontinued. Sony, the last manufacturer to produce MO media, has also announced discontinuation of the product in all formats (9.1GB, 5.2GB, 2.6GB).

Do you have a strategy in place for storing new data while continuing to read and access your important data stored on MO media?

Alliance offers tangible options that will enable you to continue operating on trusted optical technology without the headache of migrations. Alliance has a comprehensive technical knowledge of MO libraries and media and can guide you through the process of developing a strategy that will enable you to continue accessing your valuable stored data.

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Legacy Archive Solutions Overview

Alliance’s Plasmon brand archiving solutions are built for long-term data retention and have been available for over 25 years. Built to last, many legacy archive libraries continue to be in use today. Over the years, Alliance has developed libraries, media, enabling software, and support services designed to satisfy customer’s data storage needs.

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Archive Media

Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. (ASTI) has more than three decades of expertise in the research, development, and manufacture of optical storage media. Optical storage is most frequently used in archive applications that demand secure, long-term retention of records. ASTI’s business philosophy and products are based upon an equally long-term support model, including support for current and past generations of optical media. 

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Stand Alone Drives

ASTI offers an assortment of optical archive drives for new installations within other computer systems and medical devices, and external optical drives for use on the desktop.

Drives for internal use in current and legacy libraries are available as replacements.

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Direct Attached Archive Storage

directattachedASTI’s direct attached libraries are the market leader for professional archiving solutions. The direct attached libraries are designed for long term data storage archiving and are controlled through a SCSI direct attached interface. They are ideal in circumstances where a software infrastructure or a storage area network is in place, or specific connectivity requirements are necessary.

Direct Attached libraries are compatible with many industry leading software applications. Alliance Storage Technologies collaborates with leading software vendors to optimize the return on investment.

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Media Services

Optical Media Cleaning

Optical media is generally worry-free and since its inception, has been the media of choice for long-term archival storage. The media is extremely stable and unlike other archiving mediums, is not susceptible to magnetic interference, heat, humidity, water, EMP or solar flares, hardware failures, pollution, deletion, power surges, warping, active viruses and hackers. Additionally, optical media does not require special handling and can be stored offsite without the need for special environmental conditions.

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