Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) has announced the general availability of the latest version of its AMASS for UNIX data management software, AMASS 5.3.
The new AMASS version incorporates support for Write-once Read-many (WORM) tape technology and the latest revisions of UNIX operating systems to provide users with high security storage for large data sets at low cost.
AMASS gives end users access to information stored on high capacity tape and optical storage systems using the same applications they use to access data on disk which, ADIC says, greatly reduces storage costs. With the addition of support for Sony Corporation's AIT WORM tape drives, AMASS 5.3 allows the use of high-capacity, low-cost tape libraries to store digital data as part of SEC-mandated policies for long-term record keeping.
"Tape systems are much less expensive than the optical systems many SEC-regulated industries now use for long term record retention, they allow data to be replicated much faster, and, when combined with features like AMASS's Infinite File Life, they preserve data just as well," explained Paul Rutherford, ADIC vice president of Technology. Infinite File Life (IFL), an AMASS-exclusive feature, proactively tests the status of files stored on removable media, automatically writing information to new media when read error rates hit pre-set thresholds.
AMASS 5.3 also includes upgraded support for the latest versions of Solaris, HPUX, Irix and Tru64 to deliver the highest possible performance and compatibility with the latest application software. Other core AMASS 5.3 features include on-line metadata search, clustered server support, and capacity that scales to handle millions of files and petabytes of data. AMASS is compatible with all leading media types, including LTO and 9940B tape drives, optical media, and DVDs, to provide flexible data storage options that fit a wide range of budgets and applications.
"AMASSprovides the data storage community with the most flexible, most scalable and highest performing archive system available for UNIX environments," Rutherford said. "It is helping thousands of organizations around the world access and protect critical digital information."