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Professional Data Archiving Products Overview

Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. (ASTI) develops and manufactures products and solutions specifically for professional data archiving. Thousands of organizations use ASTI archive solutions worldwide across a wide variety of markets and applications, including medical, financial, government, insurance, and surveillance. Archiving products can be configured for each customer’s specific environment and are suitable for small organizations up to the largest enterprise or government.

These innovative archiving solutions feature modular, flexible architecture and are adaptable to any business or industry. The multi-faceted architecture is equipped with features that address the contemporary requirements of data storage infrastructures such as compliance with industry regulations, disaster recovery, high-availability, and the benefits of the Cloud. Solutions combine high-performance and scalability with the long-term stability of optical Write Once Read Many (WORM) technology providing the foundation for successfully meeting and exceeding today’s challenging regulatory demands.

As a quality, full-service manufacturer, ASTI offers a wide-range of service and preventive maintenance options in support of all solutions and is the exclusive supplier of Plasmon libraries and certified parts. Additionally, ASTI offers support and spare parts for legacy archiving libraries and jukeboxes.

Hallmarks of the ASTI/Plasmon product lines include:

  • Long term preservation of critical data for 50+ years
  • Permanence
  • Flexibility
  • Low Total Cost of Ownership
  • Designed-in Disaster Recovery
  • Incremental Scalability

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Management Software Designed Specifically for Archiving

An integral part of ASTI's archiving solutions, the Archive Management Software Pro (AMS Pro) is specifically designed for data archiving and provides all the capability necessary for proficiently and effectively archiving, managing, and randomly accessing data.

The highly configurable and versatile application provides powerful policy-based control for data management and migration. Designed expressly for usability and efficiency, the advanced feature set enables users to manage virtualized archive storage volumes, file folders, file releases, and migrations, online and offline media, and data stored in the Cloud. Powerful help tools and easy-to-setup and modify archiving parameters eliminate the need for specialized training and resources. Unattended monitoring through notifications decreases the amount of time needed to manage data. With built-in disaster recovery technologies, users can choose the appropriate policies to support their business continuity requirements. High-availability requirements with low Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) can be met with optional Replication capabilities, while less stringent needs can be achieved with lower-cost cloud-based backup or Optical media copies stored offsite.

The AMS Pro advanced feature set can be enhanced by enabling options such as Encryption, Replication, and Cloud.

AMS Benefits

Highlights of the advanced feature set include:

  • Seamless Cloud option
  • Encryption option
  • High availability Replication option
  • Centralized control and monitoring
  • Configurable policies: migration, watermark & storage volumes release, and more
  • SMTP/SNMP system notifications
  • Media management tools
  • Library management tools
  • Off-lined media monitoring and management
  • UDO Guard data protection
  • System diagnostics for library & SMS, including board-level sensor monitoring
  • RAID integrity checker
  • Standard File Sharing Protocols: CIFS, NFS, FTP
  • Simultaneous operation - Windows & UNIX environments
  • Multiple authentication services supported: Windows Active Directory, Local User Level Security, or LDAP

Data Encryption 

Secure valuable data from unauthorized access with the ASTI’s 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, physician’s 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 (ASTI 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

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  • The ASTI 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 utilizing 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.

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Customer Testimonials

Read what our customers are saying about us.

Sangamon County Ciruit Clerk's Office

“Our major issue was time lost chasing documents. With the implementation of the archive solution, retrieval times went from DAYS to SECONDS.”
Tony Libri, Sangamon County Circuit Clerk

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care

“We had to determine what information was retrievable among the absolute chaos of the first week after Katrina…We were able to recover all of the patient images off the Plasmon libraries…We are now primarily using the Plasmon’s UDO Archive Appliance for its long-term recoverability.” – Kenneth Allen, Health Systems Specialist

AGFA Healthcare

“Ensuring that we could provide a PACS archive solution that helps customers meet HIPAA compliance at a reasonable cost was a critical requirement. This was guaranteed with the performance, longevity, and authenticity of the UDO Archive Appliance.” – Lenny Reznik, Director Enterprise Imaging and Information, Agfa Healthcare.