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Magneto Optical Media

Upgrade & Expansion Options for Customers
Using Magneto Optical (MO) Media

All production of Magneto Optical (MO) media has been discontinued. Sony, the last manufacturer to produce MO media, has also announced discontinuation of the product in all formats (9.1GB, 5.2GB, 2.6GB).

Do you have a strategy in place for storing new data while continuing to read and access your important data stored on MO media?

Alliance offers tangible options that will enable you to continue operating on trusted optical technology without the headache of migrations. Alliance has a comprehensive technical knowledge of MO libraries and media and can guide you through the process of developing a strategy that will enable you to continue accessing your valuable stored data.

Did you know that Alliance offers solutions that will enable you to keep reading your data from MO media while continuing to write new data to UDO technology? Alliance G-Series direct-attached libraries provide mixed optical media support for both Magneto Optical (MO) and UDO technology in one library which eliminates the need for an expensive and risky migration.

Every system configuration is different – let Alliance help support your decision making process. Alliance Technical experts are available for a one-time, no-cost consultation to determine the optimal path to ensure protection of your valuable investment in legacy libraries.

To submit your current Magneto Optical configuration for review and schedule a consultation with Alliance technical team to discuss your options fill out the form to the right or contact Alliance Sales: 719-593-7900.

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Option 1: Lease or Purchase a G Series Library with UDO drives

  • Keep your legacy library in production while continuing to access and read data on MO media
    (service contract recommended)
  • Write new data to G Series Direct Attached Library with UDO media

Benefits:

  • Cost effective, no-risk solution
  • Easy implementation
  • Continue accessing valuable data stored on MO media
  • Eliminates the need for migration of older data
  • Continue utilizing your third-party software (software must support UDO drives and media)
  • Comparing media costs, this option reduces media cost per unit while increasing capacity by more than six times (next gen UDO 2 at 60GB vs MO at 9.1GB)

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Option 2: Lease or Purchase a G Series Library with mixed UDO and MO drives

  • Continue to access and read data on MO media while writing new data to UDO 
    all within the same G Series Direct Attached Library
  • Mixed drives and media must be supported by third party software

Benefits:

  • Cost effective and relatively painless solution
  • Easy implementation
  • Eliminates the need for migration of older data
  • Combines all drives within a single device
  • Continue accessing valuable data stored on MO
  • Comparing media costs, this option reduces media cost per unit while increasing capacity by more than six times (next gen UDO 2 at 60GB vs MO at 9.1GB) media

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Option 3: Move to a more full featured Network Attached Storage solution - Archive Appliance Elite

  • Complete, all-in-one solution that includes Archive Management Software & RAID Cache
  • Migration may be required

Benefits:

  • Network attached appliance eliminates the need for third party software
  • Open archive platform and virtual fileshare eliminate the need for third party software and enable easy integration to support the archiving needs of other applications
  • Improved operation through high-performance technology
  • Continue with optical true WORM technology
  • NAS Archive Appliance technology offers:
    • Fully integrated solution
    • Centralized control and management of all new data via the Archive Management Software
    • RAID cache for faster access to recently written data
    • Access to additional capabilities such as Cloud, Encryption & Replication
    • Faster operation through high-performance technology
  • Click here to learn more about the Archive Appliance Elite

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Option 4: Keep the MO in place and write new data to a full-featured NAS Archive Appliance Elite 

  • Keep legacy library in production while continuing to access and read data on MO media (service contract recommended)
  • Open archive platform and virtual fileshare eliminate the need for third party software and enable easy integration to support the archiving needs of other applications
  • Write new data to a current and fully-supported Network Attached Archive Appliance library with UDO media
  • Complete, full-featured solution includes Archive Management Software & RAID Cache
  • No migration required

Benefits:

  • Eliminates the need to migrate older data by keeping MO library in place
  • Network attached appliance eliminates the need for additional third party software
  • Continue with optical true WORM technology
  • Reduces costs and risks
  • NAS Archive Appliance technology offers:
    • Fully integrated solution
    • Centralized control and management of all new data via the Archive Management Software
    • RAID cache for faster access to recently written data
    • Access to additional capabilities such as Cloud, Encryption & Replication
    • Faster operation through high-performance technology
  • Click here to learn more about the Archive Appliance Elite

 

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