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Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. (ASTI) is the primary source for professional data archiving solutions worldwide that meet and exceed today’s challenging regulatory demands for secure archival data. Professional solutions provide value to any industry including: Healthcare, Finance, Government, Insurance, Legal, and more. These regulatory-compliant systems preserve unaltered data for extended periods (greater than 50 years) at an exceptionally low total cost of ownership.

The privately held company was established in 2003 with corporate headquarters located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The expansive 43,000 square foot facility houses manufacturing, global technical services and support, sales, and marketing.

Scalable systems are designed specifically for professional data archiving and include: Direct and Networked-Attached (DAS/NAS) Plasmon® storage libraries, with Ultra Density Optical (UDO™) as the core technology, related Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) media, and archive software. Additionally, a complete line of certified Plasmon® parts are available.

Committed to the advancement of professional data archiving, ASTI plans to further enhance the already-reliable Plasmon® products while developing the next generation of systems that will meet growing industry demands.

Data Archiving

Data archiving has risen to the top of priority lists from the datacenter to the boardroom due to its undeniable IT and business benefits, as well as the critical role it plays in protecting critical information assets long-term to meet stringent regulatory compliance and legal mandates. Built on Alliance Storage Technology’s Archive Management Software (AMS) Platform, NETArchive delivers elastic scalability with simplified, cross-platform management and unrivaled control. It provides a flexible, robust and secure solution that can be tailored to meet the data management, business continuity and retention requirements in today’s complex business and IT environments. Alliance Storage Technologies data archiving solution delivers high-performance storage, answers the demand for an enterprise-class, unalterable and regulatory compliant long-term data archive, at a price point comparable to tape and disk.

NETArchive

Built on Alliance Storage Technologyʼs Archive Management Software (AMS) Platform, NETArchive™ is a revolutionary new solution that reduces business risks, secures data unaltered, enables regulatory compliance, and simplifies operations. NETArchive™ high-performance storage, answers the demand for an enterprise-class, long-term data archive, at a price point comparable to tape and disk. Delivering the ability to safely and affordably store, secure, protect and recover your data for 100+ years, NETArchive provides a modular architecture consisting of high performance disk, cloud and optical tiers. With support for on-premises installations and cloud-based deployments in the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, NETArchive delivers elastic scalability with simplified, cross-platform management and unrivalled control. It delivers a flexible, robust and secure solution that can be tailored to meet the data management, business continuity and long-term retention requirements in todayʼs complex business and IT environments.

Features and Benefits

  • Multiple Storage Tiers Consisting of Hard Disk Drive (HDD), Optical Disc and Cloud, with Intuitive Easy-to-Use GUI – provides dynamic Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) of data to the archive tiers with centralised control, management and monitoring of the entire archiving ecosystem – delivers ultimate control, management ease and cost efficiency
  • Physical and Logical Security Measures (i.e., Data Encryption, User Authentication, WORM) – for bulletproof data security
  • Advanced Optical Drive Design with Dual Optical Heads and Multiple Data Channels – ensures unrivalled data transfer speeds and performance
  • Replication Options and Flexible Archiving Policies via Archive Management Software Platform (AMS) – ensures RPO, RTO, disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity
  • Flexible, Scalable Configurations – adapts to any sized business or organisation
  • Modular Rack Mount Components – space efficient in enterprise environment
  • Compact Desktop Mini-Rack or Standard Rackmount Options – optimal for a departmental/office environment
  • Scalable Robotics – traverse the entire system through all libraries, minimising moving components and increasing reliability
  • Redundant Power Supplies – ensures high availability (HA)
  • Write Once Media Cartridges – professional grade media protects from exposure
  • Fully Integrated Modular Components – offer superior operational efficiency

NETArchive Enterprise Archives

The scalable architecture of the NETArchive Enterprise libraries enables businesses and organisations to implement an archiving system with the required balance of capacity and performance while permanently preserving, securing, and accessing your valuable digital assets. There are a variety of standard configurations from which to choose with a master library and an impressive maximum of up to 5 extension libraries and 18 drives. The master library integrates with other system components to complete the overall NETArchive solution including the Archive Management Software (AMS) and Storage Management System with RAID. The rack mounted system components are designed to minimise robotics and moving parts increasing long-term reliability and conserving IT floor space. Designed to handle very large archives up to 802.5 TB, the NETArchive Enterprise libraries and drives deliver groundbreaking performance. Drives connect with the Storage Management System (SMS) via high-speed fibre channel communications, offering the highest level of performance and reliability

NETArchive Solution for Small to Medium Archives

Archives of any size require enterprise-level security, performance, preservation, and management. The NETArchive for small to medium archives delivers those qualities with an integrated solution that supports up to 15TB of nearline storage with an unlimited capacity for management of offlined media. All NA-S10 Network Attached solution components operate in synchronous to deliver high-performance and capacity in a single desktop mini-rack or standard A/V rack. System components include the Archive Management Software Pro (AMS Pro), Storage Management System (SMS) with RAID, and a NA-S10 library and drives. Systems can be configured with one or two drives and up to 10, 1.5TB media cartridges.

NETArchive Media

The NETArchive True Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) optical media is extremely robust and offers an archival life estimate of greater than 50 years, making it the premiere choice for professional data archiving. The NETArchive high-capacity 1.5TB media cartridge contains 12 optical discs that act as one volume of mass storage enabling files to span multiple individual discs. The sealed cartridge eliminates the requirement for managing individual discs preventing accidental data or disk loss due to human intervention. Individual optical discs feature a protective transparent hard coating that assures stable read/write performance, offers scratch protection, shields against electrostatic discharge, and significantly reduces interference and disturbance. The heat-resistant polycarbonate cartridges feature a metal reinforcement bridge that provides mechanical strength and protects discs from internal and external load pressure, shock, and vibration. Each cartridge has a unique barcode for tracking purposes and is equipped with a built-in preformatted RFID chip utilised by the NETArchive system.

Top Indicators that you need NETArchive

  • Reducing risks associated with data loss is important to your organisation
  • Consistent security and protection throughout your IT infrastructure is of foremost concern for data on-premises and in the cloud
  • Non-disruptive system growth and extensibility as well as investment protection are a priority
  • Your expensive Tier 1 primary storage is overwhelmed with static/cold data
  • Decreasing overhead costs associated with preserving cold data is a priority to you
  • You need to retain data in compliance with corporate mandates or government regulations
  • You need to preserve data accurately and in its purest– unalterable state
  • You need to access data quickly for discovery, recovery and business continuity
  • Your backup storage tier is insufficient to handle current and growing volumes of data
  • Backing up Tier 1 storage to tape is very slow and can exceed your backup window
  • You are tired of the hassles with tape and the compounding expenses of disk

Archive Management Software

Archive Management Software Platform (AMS)

Electronically stored data is doubling every two years and is driving the need for efficient and cost-effective management solutions to reduce cost, complexity and business risk. This exponential growth combined with increasing internal governance (e.g., business continuity requirements), regulatory compliance and security mandates are placing new demands on data storage operations to retain, secure and protect data for long-term preservation. Alliance Storage Technologies designed its Archive Management Software Platform (AMS) from the ground-up to address these constantly evolving requirements – addressing the need to intelligently archive, manage, optimise and secure critical information assets for 100+ years. The AMS platform enhances data retention with game-changing archiving flexibility, performance, scalability and cost efficiency, so that business critical environments and highly regulated industries, including financial services, healthcare, security and surveillance and the public sector can archive and retain data without compromise. From creation to long-term preservation, the AMS platform manages the entire data archive life-cycle through a single pane of glass with the flexibility and elastic scalability that dynamic organisations require to support rapidly growing data volumes on-premises, into the cloud and across hybrid storage environments.

Features and Benefits

  • Powerful Help Tools and Archive Management Policies – eliminate the need for specialised training and resources, enables fast and easy set-up, configuration and flexible modification of archiving and management parameters
  • Built in Diagnostics and Notifications – allows you to “set it and forget it.”
  • Highly Configurable and Versatile Platform – provides powerful policy based control for data migration and management
  • Continuous Monitoring and Notification Customisation – streamline management efficiency
  • Designed Expressly for Usability and Efficiency – enables users to manage virtualised archive storage volumes, file folders, file releases and migrations, online and offline media, and data stored on-premises and in public clouds (e.g., Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure)
  • Built-In Disaster Recovery (DR) Utilities – enables users to choose the appropriate policies to support their business continuity requirements
  • Encryption – added security, especially important to the legal, government, financial, healthcare insurance and security and surveillance, sectors
  • Replication – allows replication of data to one or more additional libraries in separate geographical locations to ensure high availability (HA) and business continuity – critical business operations are maintained even in the event of a major catastrophic event
  • WORM Storage – data stored in immutable state to ensure authenticity
  • Failover/Failback Capabilities – further ensures Recovery Time Objectives (RTO)
  • Support for Cloud-Based Archives – complete control and management efficiency for data stored in active cloud tier
  • Backup and/or Offsite Physical Storage – flexibly meet business, regulatory and budgetary data retention objectives

Replication Feature for Business Continuity

Businesses and organisations have become reliant upon data in order to maintain operations. Continual availability of that data is crucial to ensuring uninterrupted business operations through the worst of disasters. Exclusive to the NAS Archive Appliance systems, the Archive Management Softwareʼs Replication option is the key to maintaining high availability of data and business continuity.

The Replication option provides a solid disaster recovery strategy allowing replication of data to one or more additional libraries in separate geographical locations. Replication provides organisations with excellent RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and RPO (Recovery Point Objective) to support high-availability business continuity requirements. Libraries will be identical providing immediate disaster recovery fail-over to the backup site should the need arise. Through Replication, critical business operations are maintained even in the event of a major catastrophic event.

Replication is an optional add-on to the Archive Management Software (AWS)

Features include:

  • Remote Data Replication – Replicated libraries may reside anywhere geographically with appropriate network connectivity
  • Total Redundancy Between Libraries – complete access to data is ensured with the replication of ownership, permissions, and Access Control Lists (ACLs). Extended attributes are replicated along with data
  • Automated Replication of Data – Set the schedule to the desired time of day in order to minimise network impact and the data will be automatically replicated to an Archive Appliance at another location
  • Failover – Failback Switching – Easily switch Active-Passive replication between libraries as events dictate
  • Event Notification – Proactively manage system status and changes via email or centralised monitoring
  • Intelligent Change Tracking – Active tracking of updates in real time improves replication speed and availability
  • Centralised Data Management – Data from Archive Appliances located in regional and branch offices can be accumulated to a centralised Archive Appliance via the replication feature

Available for all Archive Appliance models running the latest AMS software. Field installed models may be retrofitted and upgraded with some exceptions.

Encryption Feature

Secure valuable data from unauthorised access with the Allianceʼs Encryption feature. The news is filled with stories about security breaches, corporate espionage, hackers, and information leaks. Many industries face mandates that require encryption while others consider it a business necessity. Nevertheless, protecting valuable corporate assets has never been more important, especially with the increasing number of industry regulations and the fines imposed for each breach. Any enterprise that has a requirement for protecting data can benefit from the added security that encryption provides, however, it is especially important to the security and surveillance, legal, government, financial, healthcare and insurance sectors. The Healthcare Information Technology Act (HITECH) requires patient records to be encrypted and levies steep fines for breaches. These far-reaching mandates apply to healthcare institutions, physicianʼs offices, and their business associates, which can include insurance companies, financial institutions, or any company dealing with patient records.

Encryption Features and Benefits:

  • Assures compliance with stringent industry regulations, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI requirements, and more
  • Secures data silently in the background automatically protecting sensitive data.
  • Prevents against accidental or intentional alteration of data
  • Protects data from unauthorized access due to theft or loss of physical media while in transit
  • Safeguards business reputation – the cost of a breach may include loss of customers, class action lawsuits, and damage to brands
  • Eliminates the need for third party software (Alliance developer-integrated solution)
  • Defends against corporate espionage or malicious attacks
  • Reduces the risk of regulatory penalties that could result from a potential breach
  • Increases confidence in the security of data stored off-site or in the Cloud

How does it work?

The Alliance data encryption option is enabled through the Archive Management Software (AMS)

  • Meets U.S. and Canadian guidelines with FIPS 140-2 compliant, AES 256-bit encryption algorithms
  • Encryption applies to all data stored on optical media and Cloud-Integrated Storage
  • Fileshare partitions are specified for encryption through AMS policies prior to being migrated to optical media or the Cloud
  • Symmetric encryption keys for each file are generated and protected by symmetric encryption wrapping keys which are generated via FIPS 140-2 compliant random number generator
  • License key management is implemented in accordance with NIST Special Publication 800-57 Recommendations for Key Management such that all keys are stored remotely away from the data
  • Symmetric Encryption Keys for each data file are protected and stored in an encrypted format utilising Symmetric Encryption Wrapping Keys for each Archive Volume

NAS Configuration Recommendations:

  • Elite Storage Management System (SMS) recommended
  • NAS library – select from Entry-Midrange to Enterprise
  • Archive Management Software (AMS) with the Encryption option enabled, and/or Cloud and Replication.

Cloud Feature

The Cloud feature is an optional add-on to the Archive Management Software (AMS). This feature enables the Storage Management System (SMS) to act as an interface with the Cloud. Designed specifically for data archiving, the Cloud feature incorporates features that can substantially reduce business risks and costs. Tightly integrated with the standard AMS interface and policy engine, cloud storage may be utilised with any data archive. Data can be seamlessly written to cloud and/or optical archives, depending on archive data requirements. All data stored anywhere within the data archiving ecosystem, whether online, in the cloud, or on optical storage can be viewed and accessed seamlessly. All of the AMS features, functions, and monitoring capabilities applicable to optical media are applied to the Cloud as well, providing a simple cloud onboarding approach. Special menu functions are enabled for entering Cloud provider details and account keys.

Add Security to your Cloud Data

The Encryption option is highly recommended for data stored in the Cloud, as this ensures protection of data from unauthorised access and compliance with such mandates as the HIPAA HITECH act. With the Encryption option, data is encrypted prior to being migrated to the Cloud or optical media. All encryption keys are stored and protected for disaster recovery purposes and prevention of unauthorised access by cloud service providers or others attempting to gain access to data stored in the cloud.

ASTI Plasmon G-Series UDO Libraries

Professional Archival Storage

Alliance Storage Technologies’s Plasmon G-Series UDO libraries are designed for customers with specific connectivity requirements, or who already have a UDO library software infrastructure. They feature the industry’s most reliable architecture to ensure high data availability for business critical data archives.

The libraries are available in a broad range of configurations and can meet the archive needs of workgroups to enterprises. Capacities range from 1TB to 38TB with UDO2 technology, and up to 12 drives can be installed for maximum performance. Typical applications include digital asset management, e-mail archiving, medical imaging, storage resource management, PACs, and document imaging.

G-Series UDO Library Specification Summary

Entry Level

Midrange

Enterprise

Model

Gx24

Gx32

Gx80

Gx174

Gx164

G238

G438

G638

Max # Slots

24

32

80

174

164

238

438

638

Max Raw Capacity – (TB) – UDO2

1.4

1.9

4.8

10.4

9.8

14.3

26.3

38.3

Max/Min Drives

2 / 1

2 / 1

4 / 2

6 / 2

12 / 2

12 / 2

12 / 2

12 / 2

Robotics Access Time (secs)

7

7

7.3

8.3

6.2

6.2

6.3

6.4

Library Reliability (MSBF)

2,000,000

2,000,000

3,800,000

Redundant Power

NA

NA

Optional

Import/Export Slot

Single

Single

Single

Bulk Load

NA

NA

10 disk

 

About Ultra Density Optical UDO

UDO is a blue-laser-based optical media that offers permanent, authentic-WORM (Write Once Read Many) storage, rated to last more than 50 years. Rewriteable and Compliant Write Once media types are also available. Unlike consumer market DVD and Blu-ray offerings, UDO is a commercial grade solution that maintains a ‘compliant’ data archive over a long period of time. UDO’s unique material properties and hardened plastic encasement support media handling and removability without causing damage to the stored information. The UDO blue-laser process is one of the only technologies that ‘guarantees’ data integrity through verification of every write operation to the media. It offers excellent performance through random access of data, unlike streaming technologies used for video and music. UDO’s 25-millisecond seek times are close to disk access speeds, yet have lower acquisition costs, use 15% of the power of disk and are much faster than tape and DVD. The media is water-proof and magnetic-proof and can be cleaned without losing data. UDO is backward compatible with older UDO drives, preserving the usability of the media over long periods of time.


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