Software offers transparent archive and retrieval solution.

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HTFileStore Archive software combined with Plasmon's Ultra Density Optical technology enables resellers and integrators to build content-addressed storage solutions. Featuring proactive, policy-based approach, HTFileStore uses sophisticated rules to identify data to be archived and migrates it automatically and transparently. UDO archive technology provides record authenticity for archive data, and is immune from environmental and maintenance issues.

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BridgeHead Announces New Storage Platform That Supports Plasmon's UDO® Archive Technology

Offers Customers Less-Expensive Alternative to Vendor-Specific Solutions

CeBIT, HANOVER, Germany, March 9/ -- BridgeHead Software announce support for Plasmon's UDO (Ultra Density Optical) technology as part of its unique storage system architecture. The new BridgeHead platform enables resellers and integrators of data storage and archive solutions to build content-addressed storage (CAS) solutions, with
functionality designed to exceed that of its competitors at dramatically lower cost.

BridgeHead has successfully combined HTFileStore, its advanced policy-driven archive software, with Plasmon's industry-leading UDO technology, resulting in full BridgeHead support for Plasmon's G-Series UDO libraries. The benefits of the successful combination of optical storage media and HTFileStore are:

- HTFileStore automatically selects the right data for storage in the repository at the right time. It's proactive, policy-based approach uses sophisticated rules for identifying data to be archived and migrating it automatically and transparently.

- Plasmon's UDO archive technology delivers compliance and efficiency at the right price. It provides unmatched media longevity and record authenticity for archive data, and is immune from environmental and maintenance issues that afflict magnetic media.

- Archived data is truly secure and accessible since HTFileStore manages the archive store metadata in its own database. First generation CAS systems have typically been front-ended by HSM utilities that rely exclusively on 'stubbing' techniques, which don't provide sufficient resiliency against data loss or satisfy today's business continuance needs.

- Unlike the first-generation alternatives, there is no vendor lock-in, and data may be replicated from the optical library to other media as required. The 'removable' capability of UDO media also makes it particularly effective as part of a wider disaster recovery strategy.

BridgeHead and Plasmon (LSE: PLM) engaged with OptoMedia Storage Solutions to ensure that the end product would meet the needs of integrators working on archive projects. OptoMedia's managing director, David Ball, said: "Throughout the process of evaluation, the HTFileStore archiving solution met all our archive requirements, with no exceptions. It delivers a transparent policy-based archive and retrieval solution, together with a web browser interface to search and retrieve files that have been
archived and off-lined from the Plasmon UDO libraries. It's ideal for any company looking at CAS but baulking at the cost and the lock-in that it often entails."

CeBIT: BridgeHead Software at Plasmon, Hall 1, G77

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