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Solutions for Government

Worldwide, governments consist of a broad range of agencies and organizations that collect and generate data and records at a rapid rate. There are as many different types of records as there are agencies. United States government documents range from driver’s licenses at the local level to decisions made by the Senate and Congress. European governments retain similar data that ranges in significance from work permits to making laws and determining taxes.

Militaries archive the records of all present and past personnel which can include a mixture of images and data. Law enforcement agencies generate criminal records, courts collect and document the proceedings and outcomes, and crime scene investigators generate massive amounts of images used to solve the crimes and support convictions. The sheer number of public records preserved by U.S. and international governments is staggering.

High-capacity, reliable recovery and compliance solutions are required for government applications. Recovery and compliance solutions must easily adjust to the differing structures mandated by government agencies and must be capable of securing data in a variety of formats including generalized content, email and image archiving.

Many regulatory agencies within state, federal and local governments exist that control and regulate the type of data to be captured in digital archives, how it is to be stored, and the duration it is to be archived. The Government Regulations tab provides an overview of some of the agencies.

Federal, state and local governments use ASTI products to archive military personal records, census data, driver’s licenses, court records, county records, and more. The Veteran’s Administration tops the list with more than one billion medical records preserved on ASTI technology. ASTI provides long-term data retention Archiving Solutions for government applications that are both cost-effective and more secure than other alternatives.

Solution Benefits

Preserves Data Unaltered – ASTI solutions are based upon true Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) optical technology. Encrypted data is written to optical media after which it becomes unalterable remaining intact for periods greater than 50 years.

Encryption – With this optional feature, data at-rest is encrypted with unique keys for each object using FIPS 140-2 compliant AES-256 encryption algorithm. Encryption adds another layer of security to your data enabling compliance with specific regulations and ensuring that all data remains confidential.

Transmission Security and Integrity – ASTI NAS solutions integrate seamlessly with existing storage networks presenting as a standard TCP/IP resource with support for CIFS, NFS, and FTP protocols. The server security-administration ensures that it can recognize and approve validated clients.

Email and Image Archiving – Partnering with industry-leaders, ASTI solutions integrate with third-party software applications that manage and sort email and images according to the internal policy guidelines established within that application. The images and email are then stored efficiently and securely on ASTI NAS optical libraries that fit directly into the existing storage network. Note that a Direct Attached library can be used however, it will require a third-party software application.

Scalable/Expandable Archiving – Expandable optical disk archive systems are based upon high-capacity media magazines and scalable robotic libraries. As data storage requirements increase, libraries can be easily expanded within the same footprint offering investment protection through capacity expansions and future-proof system upgrades.

High Reliability – ASTI NAS solutions and Direct Attached scalable robotic libraries are based upon field-proven, reliable technology that has served a variety of industries [for over a decade].

Rapid & Random Access to Data – Data can be randomly accessed either from the nonlinear optical disc media archives (retrieved into RAID) or via high-performance RAID, depending upon established policies.

Low Total Cost of Ownership - After the data is permanently written on the media, it no longer requires a constant power source to maintain the data. This greatly reduces costs associated with storing archived data for the required lifespan. Additionally, the removable media offers an affordable disaster recovery solution. Systems reduce overhead and operating costs by: minimizing the cost and frequency of data migrations through extended media life, removing static data from expensive primary and backup systems freeing up valuable resources, and lowering power, cooling and maintenance costs. Systems scale incrementally as data archiving needs expand.