Plasmon unveils 'plug-and-play' UDO Archive Appliance
Plasmon announced last week at the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., the Plasmon UDO (Ultra Density Optical) Archive Appliance -- a preconfigured device designed specifically for PACS and hospital information systems (HIS) archiving needs of healthcare organizations. GE Healthcare has begun shipping the new appliance as a fully-integrated component of its imaging systems to radiology and cardiology PACS customers, Plasmon said.

The Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance is a network attached data archiving system with a RAID-based front end, and features fast access to storing and retrieving data. The system is available in one- to 19-TB configurations and requires no installation and very little configuration.

With storage management software that comes installed, the Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance controls the migration of data to and from the fully-integrated UDO library. With policy-based retention of data on the disk cache, the least recently used data is purged based on watermarks. The software also manages pre-staging of data from optical back to the disk cache, ensures multiple, removable copies of data and the instant archiving of all new data to UDO storage. Additionally, the network interface is Gigabit Ethernet, providing support for both Windows and Unix environments.

The Plasmon Archive Appliance is priced starting at $25,000 for a one TB library, and is available in configurations up to 19 TB. Media is priced separately at $60 per platter, Plasmon said.