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‘Diamond’ Connectivity Software provides economic solution to match DVD storage prices and customer expectations.

Plasmon today announced the launch of a new DVD-RAM connectivity software package called Diamond, to more closely reflect the demands of users expecting software priced to match the cost benefits of using DVD-RAM as an IT storage media.

With Diamond’s pricing starting as low as £900, Plasmon has responded to the increasing demands from users and integrators with a software solution that provides connectivity at between 12 percent and 20 percent of their DVD-RAM jukebox hardware costs. Many users require simple and transparent access to the huge storage capacities provided by DVD-RAM jukeboxes but without the sophistication and price of a complete data management package.

"We have experienced resistance from many users who cannot justify paying up to 70 percent price premium for data management software with DVD jukeboxes," commented Stewart Vane-Tempest, CD/DVD product director for Plasmon Europe. "Users of DVD-RAM are seeing its perceived benefits significantly eroded by the excessive prices of data management software when all they really want is simple, transparent access to terabytes of storage where they will manage the data from their own existing applications. Naturally, there are still users who wish to have a complete data management application and we work with all the software vendors to address this high level market sector as well."

Diamond runs on Windows NT and 2000 and presents the entire jukebox as a single drive letter. From a user interface perspective, the jukebox appears just like any other large storage device to the system. In addition, Diamond is provided with a remote management interface allowing the jukebox to be managed from a standard web browser on the network. All features of Plasmon’s D-Series DVD Jukebox range are supported by Diamond, including magazine management, off-line media tracking and double sided media handling without any price premium.

"Many industry analysts are indicating that DVD-RAM jukebox storage is a growth area within the enterprise computing arena", continues Vane-Tempest. "By introducing this connectivity solution, we expect to capitalise on these growth opportunities and further develop both existing and new customers"

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Technical specifications, pricing and availability for the Plasmon D-Series juke boxes.


(1) Model: D120

Drives: 2-4

Capacity (RAM)*: up to 752 GB

Price from: £6,970

Diamond from: £900


(2) Model: D240

Drives: 2-6

Capacity (RAM)*: up to 1880 GB

Price from: £9,390

Diamond from: £1,860


(3) Model: D480

Drives: 2-6

Capacity (RAM)*: up to 4136 GB

Price from: £11,240

Diamond from: £2,758



* Includes two 4.7 GB DVD-RAM Drives, SCSI Interface, full set of magazines, mailslot and media rotate station for double sided media handling.


All standard D-Series jukeboxes from Plasmon include SCSI interface, mail slot for single disc import/export and magazines, each holding 10 discs. Robotics exchange times are less than 3.5 seconds, and all models have a dual picker robotics system that provides exceptional disc exchange times. The addition of drives does not reduce the number of available disc slots, unlike many other manufacturers. Drives are offered in addition which include DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CD-R and CD-ROM




About Plasmon

Established in 1987, Plasmon plc is an international data storage business headquartered from the UK specialising in removable data storage technologies. Plasmon’s architectural configurations provide the highest level of automated flexibility through the implementation of 12-inch TrueWORM (write once, read many), 5¼ inch MO (magneto optical), LTO-Ultrium, Super DLT, Magstar-MP, CD-ROM/CD-R, DVD-RAM and media. Plasmon also provides a range of storage management software and network-attach storage solutions.


With world-wide headquarters in the UK and operations across Europe and the US, 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 products are sold to OEMs and also through VAR and distributor channels.



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