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Archive for Servers Processes 3 Million Records per Minute

Princeton Softech today announced that the National Assembly for Wales has selected Princeton Softech’s Archive (TM) for Servers to manage archiving for its ongoing highways monitoring scheme. Working with project consultants, WS Atkins, the National Assembly for Wales sought an active archiving solution to overcome the performance, data management and storage hardware issues associated with the vast volumes of data generated daily.

The National Assembly for Wales tracks traffic volume and flow along the M4 motorway in order to predict patterns and initiate traffic management systems for the Transport Directorate. Up to 25 percent extra data collection points are being added to the current system, further increasing the volumes of data being generated on a constant 24-hour basis that already reach 5000 records per minute.

WS Atkins, managing the project, evaluated data management solutions and found Princeton Softech’s Archive for Servers capable of processing the daily data in 3 to 4 minutes, as compared with the 7-hour average of alternative solutions. The alternate solution archived records at a rate of 1 million per hour while Archive for Servers archives at 2 to 3 million records per minute.

“As a government organisation the National Assembly for Wales had to demonstrate that the chosen solution provided the best value for money, which Archive for Servers stood up to. When we evaluated speed of performance, ease of use and installation requirements we chose Princeton Softech.” said Simon Jones, senior engineer at WS Atkins.

“Without the ability to efficiently manage all the information gathered, initiatives such as the motorway monitoring scheme risk losing their value,” said Lisa Cash, president and CEO of Princeton Softech. “Organisations such as the National Assembly for Wales and WS Atkins have realised that data management problems can be resolved through effective software solutions without having to resort to vast investments in additional hardware.”

The National Assembly for Wales has selected Archive for Servers to operate on Windows 2000.

About Archive for Servers

Archive for Servers enables companies to quickly and easily remove complete sets of data from production databases. Archived data remains ‘active’ so that end users can easily access it when required. Active archiving optimises disk utilisation, improves database performance and increases availability uptime. With the potential to save millions of pounds in deferred capacity upgrades and maintenance fees, active archiving can deliver a rapid return on investment and provide a long-term solution to the problem of skyrocketing database growth.


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Princeton Softech
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WS Atkins contact

Simon Jones
WS Atkins Consultants

About WS Atkins

WS Atkins is one of the world’s leading providers of professional, technologically-based consultancy and support services. The WS Atkins group operates from 175 offices around the world and employs over 14,400 permanent staff.

This project is being undertaken by WS Atkins Transport Solutions, an operating division of WS Atkins' 2700 strong Highways & Transportation business unit. Transport Solutions deploys a wide mix of technical skills and transport related technologies from our many offices to identify optimum solutions for our clients and meet the challenges of the transport agenda in the 21st Century. The business is involved in major Design and Build opportunities for Contractors, framework commissions for Highway Authorities and the design, installation and operation of intelligent transport systems.

About the Transport Directorate of the National Assembly for Wales

The Transport Directorate of the National Assembly for Wales is the roads network manager for the trunk roads and motorways in Wales. It manages approximately 150Km of motorway, 700km of dual carriageway and 2000km of trunk roads. It is active in its implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to make better use of the network and has two fully equipped traffic control centres (one in north one in south Wales). The directorate operates its own fibre optic and copper infrastructure along the A55 and M4, and is expanding it cable network into its key trunk road nodes. The centres are fully manned and are equipped with CCTV, Variable Message Signs (VMS), vehicle detection and predictive models. The centres have their own web site ( and are linked to public service providers.

About Princeton Softech

Princeton Softech (, the pioneer and leader in the active archiving marketplace, is a software products and services company that helps enterprises enhance the performance of their systems by managing data smarter. The company allows enterprises to manage their mission-critical applications more efficiently through “active archiving.” By using Princeton Softech's suite of Active Archiveä Solutions, companies can identify and move complete sets of infrequently used data to an active archive, while maintaining accuracy, integrity and business context. Princeton Softech is a leader in enterprise-scale data management solutions, with over 2,000 of the world's largest companies in more than 30 countries using Princeton Softech's products and services. Princeton Softech is financed by Apax Partners and LLR Partners.

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