Plasmon Adds DVD-R Capability and Robotics Enhancements to D-Series Libraries

New Standard DVD-R Format Can Be Read by DVD-RAM Drives Creating Lower Cost

Read/Write Solution for Companies That Require WORM Technology (Write Once

Read Many)



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Plasmon

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Plasmon has announced second-quarter
 shipping for its newly enhanced D-Series libraries that can incorporate both
 DVD-Recorders and DVD-RAM drives in a single unit with a new media rotation
 mechanism that doubles the capacity of the media.
     Targeted at business, financial and government institutions that require a
 combination of write once data protection with the high capacity for archiving
 and distribution applications, the new D-Series libraries will be priced
 starting at $14,995.  This entry-level configuration includes one
 DVD-Recorder, one DVD-RAM drive and 120 slots, while a high-end, six-drive
 DVD-R unit with 480 slots is priced at $54,995.  Plasmon prices include the
 SCSI interface, disc magazines and disc import-export mail slot.
      The new Plasmon patented robotic media Rotation Station(TM) mechanism
 allows access of double-sided media increase the 4.7 GB DVD-R and DVD-RAM
 media to 9.4 GB per disc. Both the drives and robotics combine to extend
 D-Series capacity to move than 4.1 terabytes.
     Previously DVD-R was used primarily for DVD authoring such as movie and
 software titles.  Recently the DVD-Forum, the industry body governing DVD
 formats, approved the General Purpose format.  As a result, the new
 standardized product specifications use the same laser wavelength as DVD-RAM
 and DVD-ROM, which allows the DVD-Recordable media to be read by DVD-RAM and
 DVD-ROM drives.  The new format ultimately lowers the cost of the recorders
 while increasing capabilities.
     "Plasmon customers will be able to take full advantage of these new DVD
 developments while preserving backward compatibility with legacy data, as well
 as data interchange between different vendors and operating systems," said
 Kelly Scharf, director of product marketing.
     All drives are fully SCSI-enabled, which allows multiple concurrent
 operation without the limitations created when ATAPI drives are used in an
 automated environment.  Coupled with the "designed-in" SCSI robotics control
 system, customers receive greater performance and the ability to communicate
 with the drives across the SCSI bus through the jukebox control system.
     In addition, new 4.7 GB DVD-RAM drives are now fully integrated with the
 120 mm format D-Series libraries, which almost doubles previous jukebox
 capacities for only a small incremental cost.  Besides the increased
 capacities, new generation drives feature improved data transfer rates and
 access times, which makes this technology even more attractive for fast,
 secondary storage.  Because these drives can be mixed with DVD-R in the same
 jukebox customers receive greater flexibility with lower overall costs to meet
 a broader range of storage and application requirements.
     The addition of extra drives is independent of the capacity, unlike many
 other jukeboxes where the addition of each drive reduces the capacity by up to
 70 GB.
 
     About Plasmon
     Established in 1987, Plasmon plc is an international data storage business
 headquartered from the U.K. specializing in removable data storage
 technologies.  Plasmon's architectural configurations provide the highest
 level of automated flexibility through the implementation of 5.25-inch MO
 (magneto optical), 12-inch TrueWORM(TM) (write once, read many), LTO-Ultrium,
 DVD-RAM/DVD-R, CD-ROM/CD-R, and media.  Plasmon also provides a range of
 storage management software and network-attach storage solutions.
      With worldwide headquarters in the U.K. and operations across Europe and
 the U.S., the company also has manufacturing facilities in the U.K., and in
 the U.S. in Colorado and Minnesota.  Plasmon's worldwide headquarters and
 European sales and marketing are located at:  Whiting Way, Melbourn, Royston,
 Hertfordshire SG8 6EN; tel: +44 0-1763-262963, fax: +44 0-1763-264444.
 http://www.plasmon.co.uk , e-mail: sales@plasmon.co.uk
     Plasmon's U.S. Sales and Marketing headquarters are located at: 9625 West
 76th St., Eden Prairie, MN 55344; tel: 800-451-6845 or 612-946-4100; fax:
 612-946-4141; http://www.plasmon.com ,  e-mail: sales@plasmon.com
 
 

SOURCE Plasmon
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Plasmon has announced second-quarter
 shipping for its newly enhanced D-Series libraries that can incorporate both
 DVD-Recorders and DVD-RAM drives in a single unit with a new media rotation
 mechanism that doubles the capacity of the media.
     Targeted at business, financial and government institutions that require a
 combination of write once data protection with the high capacity for archiving
 and distribution applications, the new D-Series libraries will be priced
 starting at $14,995.  This entry-level configuration includes one
 DVD-Recorder, one DVD-RAM drive and 120 slots, while a high-end, six-drive
 DVD-R unit with 480 slots is priced at $54,995.  Plasmon prices include the
 SCSI interface, disc magazines and disc import-export mail slot.
      The new Plasmon patented robotic media Rotation Station(TM) mechanism
 allows access of double-sided media increase the 4.7 GB DVD-R and DVD-RAM
 media to 9.4 GB per disc. Both the drives and robotics combine to extend
 D-Series capacity to move than 4.1 terabytes.
     Previously DVD-R was used primarily for DVD authoring such as movie and
 software titles.  Recently the DVD-Forum, the industry body governing DVD
 formats, approved the General Purpose format.  As a result, the new
 standardized product specifications use the same laser wavelength as DVD-RAM
 and DVD-ROM, which allows the DVD-Recordable media to be read by DVD-RAM and
 DVD-ROM drives.  The new format ultimately lowers the cost of the recorders
 while increasing capabilities.
     "Plasmon customers will be able to take full advantage of these new DVD
 developments while preserving backward compatibility with legacy data, as well
 as data interchange between different vendors and operating systems," said
 Kelly Scharf, director of product marketing.
     All drives are fully SCSI-enabled, which allows multiple concurrent
 operation without the limitations created when ATAPI drives are used in an
 automated environment.  Coupled with the "designed-in" SCSI robotics control
 system, customers receive greater performance and the ability to communicate
 with the drives across the SCSI bus through the jukebox control system.
     In addition, new 4.7 GB DVD-RAM drives are now fully integrated with the
 120 mm format D-Series libraries, which almost doubles previous jukebox
 capacities for only a small incremental cost.  Besides the increased
 capacities, new generation drives feature improved data transfer rates and
 access times, which makes this technology even more attractive for fast,
 secondary storage.  Because these drives can be mixed with DVD-R in the same
 jukebox customers receive greater flexibility with lower overall costs to meet
 a broader range of storage and application requirements.
     The addition of extra drives is independent of the capacity, unlike many
 other jukeboxes where the addition of each drive reduces the capacity by up to
 70 GB.
 
     About Plasmon
     Established in 1987, Plasmon plc is an international data storage business
 headquartered from the U.K. specializing in removable data storage
 technologies.  Plasmon's architectural configurations provide the highest
 level of automated flexibility through the implementation of 5.25-inch MO
 (magneto optical), 12-inch TrueWORM(TM) (write once, read many), LTO-Ultrium,
 DVD-RAM/DVD-R, CD-ROM/CD-R, and media.  Plasmon also provides a range of
 storage management software and network-attach storage solutions.
      With worldwide headquarters in the U.K. and operations across Europe and
 the U.S., the company also has manufacturing facilities in the U.K., and in
 the U.S. in Colorado and Minnesota.  Plasmon's worldwide headquarters and
 European sales and marketing are located at:  Whiting Way, Melbourn, Royston,
 Hertfordshire SG8 6EN; tel: +44 0-1763-262963, fax: +44 0-1763-264444.
 http://www.plasmon.co.uk , e-mail: sales@plasmon.co.uk
     Plasmon's U.S. Sales and Marketing headquarters are located at: 9625 West
 76th St., Eden Prairie, MN 55344; tel: 800-451-6845 or 612-946-4100; fax:
 612-946-4141; http://www.plasmon.com ,  e-mail: sales@plasmon.com
 
 SOURCE  Plasmon