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Plasmon Inc rises from ashes of...Plasmon Ltd

Plasmon rides again. CEO Steve Murphy has successfully negotiated a private equity buyout of Plasmon Inc from the UK-based parent Plasmon Ltd which is in administration. Armed with undisclosed funds from an undisclosed US private equity firm, Plasmon Ltd CEO Steve Murphy has bought Plasmon Inc from the UK administrators of …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2008
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AST raises Plasmon technology from the grave

Alliance Storage Technologies, which bought the UDO (Ultra Density Optical) technology from defunct optical storage company Plasmon, is now making, distributing and supporting UDO and related Plasmon products. Plasmon was a British firm that tried to develop its own proprietary optical disk archiving technology and products. It …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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Wolves gather around Plasmon

The wolves are gathering around the wreck that is Plasmon with companies offering to migrate people off Plasmon's optical products and onto a format with a more dependable future. QStar Technologies of Maryland has products that it wants Plasmon customers to think of as potential Plasmon product replacements. It says that DISC …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2008
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Plasmon takeover talks fail

The talks between Plasmon and a private equity firm trying to take over the business have terminated. Plasmon's shares have been temporarily suspended on the London stock exchange. Plasmon sells archive systems which include archive software, disk storage, and optical disk drive storage. It has an agreement with NetApp regarding …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2008
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IBM gets damages for Plasmon poaching

IBM is receiving undisclosed damages after it and Plasmon CEO Steve Murphy settled a dispute about Plasmon's apparent poaching of ex-Softek employees working for IBM. IBM bought Softek, a storage array data migration company headed by Steve Murphy, in January 2007. It arranged a holder agreement with Murphy, who left at that …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2008
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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

Researchers working on a new type of bomb detector technology have made the rather underwhelming boast that their kit "could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition". “Bomb-sniffing dogs are expensive to train, and they can become tired,” said study co-lead author Ren-Min Ma, one of the boffins who came up with the …
Lewis Page, 21 Jul 2014
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Plasmon UK goes into administration

Plasmon has placed its UK and Europe operation in administration as it negotiates with an investor who it hopes will refinance and take over its core archive business. Plasmon has said that staff from Kroll's Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Group were appointed as Joint Administrators on Monday, 6 October. There are, in …
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2008
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Plasmon plc sheds staff as investor bails out

The US private equity-funded buyout of Plasmon's US operation has failed, leaving Plasmon plc in tatters. The Kroll administrators are searching for a new company buyer. On Friday a transfer of working capital cash was supposed to be made from Plasmon LLC in Broomfield, Colorado to Plasmon plc in Melbourn, England. But according …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2008
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Plasmon Inc preps for rebirthing

Plasmon's US operation is preparing for lift-off as an independent company whilst Plasmon Ltd's shareholders, creditors and staff try to see if any crumbs will fall their way from the administrators' table. Just a few days after the UK firm went into administration, Plasmon CEO and president Steve Murphy wrote an open letter on …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2008
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Optical delusion: Plasmon's ignominious end

A Colorado-based storage systems business, Alliance Storage Technologies, has bought the assets ashes of Plasmon Inc. The deed was done on January 5 and the assets bought from the Silicon Valley Bank of Santa Clara, which had a court authorise the appointment of a receiver when Plasmon defaulted on a $10m credit line from the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2009
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Plasmon parades Operation RAID

Plasmon is hunting for resellers to flog its Raidtec Solutions line of NAS, SCSI and fibre channel RAID storage systems. It is running a recruitment campaign, dubbed Operation RAID, through its disties in UK, Ireland, Benelux, Germany and France. Dealers get 20 per cent off their first orders and a "select number of [new] …
Team Register, 03 Nov 2005
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Enough is enough! Plasmon board recommends sale

Enough's enough! Get me outta here. The Hanover Investors-backed Plasmon board has had it up to here and is pulling the plug. With Q1 fiscal '09 sales 20 per cent below expectations it's showing positive feelings towards a $25 million bid from a US-based technology private equity firm, identity unknown. Plasmon is a developer …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2008
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Plasmon buys chunk of Cygnet Storage

Storage company Plasmon PLC, which owns Plasmon Data, said today it had bought the Cygnet's 12-inch jukebook manufacturing business for $3.65 million. Cygnet will carry on making the range of 12-inch jukeboxes at its San Jose plant until the end of this year, the company said. According to Plasmon chief executive Nigel Street, …
Mike Magee, 15 Jul 1999
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Plasmon buys Raidtec

Plasmon, the UK data storage firm is buying its technology partner, Cork-based Raidtec Corporation. Plasmon is paying €2.25m along with covering loan repayments of €2.86m. Eighty per cent of shareholders in Raidtec, which was founded in Cork in 1991 by Chairman Noel May, have undertaken to accept Plasmon's offer. Currently, it …
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Plasmon licenses IBM technology for tape push

CD-ROM and MO storage specialist Plasmon has licensed IBM's MagStar MP 3570 tape drive systems to power a new line of Plasmon-branded tape storage library systems. According to analysts, the deal could boost Plasmon's sales by 25 per cent. The agreement grants Plasmon worldwide rights to MagStar MP technology to be included in …
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 1998
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Plasmon doubles through Philips acquisition

Plasmon is beefing up its removable storage portfolio with the $26.4 million acquisition of Philips LMS, a manufacturer of magnetic tape drives and optical media. In a shareholder circular, Plasmon said the acquisition would help the company achieve its aim to become a leading player in the high-end stroage systems market. …
Drew Cullen, 08 Dec 1998

Texan scientists create tiny, tiny laser

The University of Texas at Austin has unveiled a laser built from a 28 nanometer rod and a 5 nm silicon dioxide layer. Despite the diminutive dimensions, the laser offers a lengthy stride It is, however, offering a good step forward in using optical communications between and within electronics. One of the challenges for a …
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Upstart Starboard Storage cuts staff, looks to flog biz

It's a crash, not a burn, but definitely a change of direction for startup Starboard Storage, which has put up a For Sale sign. The apparently rejuvenated Reldata counts none other than LeftHand Networks founder Bill Chambers as its CEO and exec chairman. But it appears staff have been laid off and the company is hardly selling …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013

Boffins create 100,000 DPI image

Perhaps the world’s most famous repurposed centerfold, the Lena test image, is now the world’s smallest test image courtesy of researchers in Singapore. A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) boffins have rendered the image of Lena Söderberg (familiar to computer science students the world over) at just 50 x 50 …
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Neat nanoparticles could bring 10TB disks

One of the Australian researchers behind a 2009 Nature paper outlining how optical media could reach 1.6 terabytes says Samsung has decided not to commercialise the technology, but has also published a new paper outlining how 12cm shinies could hit ten terabytes. Dr James Chon, Senior Lecturer at the Swinburne University of …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2012
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How to tell if your biz will do a Kodak

Disruptive or enhancing innovation? Kodak's descent into Chapter 11 hell is a tolling bell for all successful storage suppliers facing innovative technology from competitors. King Canute didn't reinvent himself: can you? Let's look at the tape market. Tape devices were backup devices; they were the target storage devices for …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012
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Reldata becomes subject to Murphy's law

Murphy is back, and sleepy storage supplier Reldata had better get used to a new management regime. Steven FX Murphy was the CEO of archival optical storage vendor Plasmon when it crashed and burned. It was assumed by several folks that Murphy was burned by the experience himself, and would go off and play golf for a good long …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2009
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GE brings holographic storage back from the dead

The dormant holographic storage volcano has rumbled, reminding us that it's not extinct and may yet erupt. As a reminder, this optical storage format came hot on the heels of previous storage successes: compact disks, magneto-optical drives, DVDs, and then Blu-ray. Blu-ray never reached the same relative scale of popularity as …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2011
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Sony whips out new optical mass storage format

Sony has seen commercial optical data archiving systems fail one after the other: from Blu-ray to DVD and HD DVD. But the firm is either learning from its mistakes or readying itself to make new ones as it launches yet another new proprietary optical disk archiving product and format. The announcement was made at NAB, the big …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012
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Atrato replaces sales boss - again

Atrato has replaced its sales VP, Marty Sos, after just three months, and recruited a marketing VP as well. Marty Sos joined Atrato, which makes disk drive storage arrays with canisters of 2.5-inch drives, in late August this year, having left collapsed optical disk drive and archive vendor Plasmon. He's now VP of sales at Light …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2009

Sanyo beams as next-gen laser cuts it for 100GB Blu-ray Disc

Sanyo has developed a blue laser that could enable 100GB capacity Blu-ray Discs and 166.67MB/s write speeds, 12 times the standard speed. The new GaN laser diode operates at 450mW in pulsed mode - current diodes run at 250mW - and has enough power to write to four layers in a BD. Current disks top out at two 25GB layers and 6x …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2008
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Curved light drives boffin one-upmanship

For four years, scientists have been on an international race to exploit a property of a peculiar kind of light called an “Airy beam”. Now, not one, but two groups of researchers are laying claim to the prize. The beam, named after 19th century scientist Sir George Biddell Airy, was first observed in 2007. At the time, it was …
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Introducing the biggest storage company you've never heard of

Another Chinese storage supplier is stepping over the great Wall of China into our western world. UIT, or United Information Technology, is the second largest indigenous storage supplier in China after Huawei, and it's now coming out of China to sell into the western storage world. The company was founded by three Chinese …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011
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InPhase succumbs to the darkness

Holographic storage company InPhase Technologies has paid off all its employees but is still looking for a venture capital white knight. The dream still flickers, it's just temporarily out of phase. According to a report in the Longmont Times-Call, the last 60 employees have been paid off after working for a year on minimum …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2010
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GE tries to refocus image of holographic storage

General Electric has been talking up its holographic storage technology again, reckoning it can succeed where Plasmon and others have failed, because of backward Blu-ray and DVD compatibility. Currently holographic storage products inhabit a graveyard or deep freeze. InPhase is currently seemingly in hibernation - not dead but …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2009
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Iron Mountain thinking about a long, cool drink of Mimosa

The Iron Mountain repository could be getting an email and file archiving software wrapper with strong rumours that Iron Mountain plans to buy Mimosa. Iron Mountain is a paper and tape records repository company, famously started to store mushrooms in an old iron-ore mine. Then it branched out into what became its core business …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2010
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Berkeley boffins save Moore's Law

Berkeley researchers think they have found a way to keep Moore's Law in action and get chip features down to the sub-10 nanometre level. Currently Moore's Law looks stymied once chip features shrink to 35nm as a diffraction limit will prevent light beams or waves being used to create features smaller than that. This means that …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2008

InPhase finally to phase in holographic disk

Holographic storage developer InPhase Technologies has said it will announce its Tapestry hologram storage product in May. A version of the product was demonstrated at the NAB2008 show in Las Vegas earlier this month. The bare facts are these: Tapestry consists of 120mm (5.25-inch) diameter clear plastic disks in a cartridge …
Paul Roberts, 26 Apr 2008
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InPhase might ship holographic storage this year?

InPhase Technologies CEO Nelson Diaz has broken his silence over the company's much-delayed holographic drive saying it would ship later this year. There had been fears that Longmont, Colorado-based InPhase could sink without trace because of the recession as it has been plagued with delay after delay in the development and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2009
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Boffins build basis for 9TB DVDs

Aussie scientists have devised a digital disc design capable of holding the content from 2000 DVDs - more than nine terabytes of data - in a unit physically no bigger than a DVD or Blu-ray Disc. In a paper entitled Five-dimensional optical recording mediated by surface plasmons in gold nanorods and published today in the journal …
Tony Smith, 21 May 2009
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Blind spot - the trouble with optical drives

Optical drives should be popular. They hold lots of gigabytes, can be intrinsically WORM and hold data for a guaranteed 30 years or more without the periodic refreshes needed by tape. But they are simply not used as a general data archiving product by business, having become niche products in areas such as medical image …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2008
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150 pink slips for Pillar

The phony recession war is over and the first real storm cloud has hit the storage industry. Pillar Data has laid off 150 employees - that's 30 per cent of its workforce - to help it survive the recession. Pillar Data is a tier 2 storage array company along with 3PAR and Compellent, both of whom have just reported their first …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2008
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EMC preps (limited) layoffs

EMC is responding to the deepening recession by laying off a small number of employees from around the company. Up until now, EMC has been focussed on controlling indirect spend - travel costs, for example - but the global recession is having its effect. In early November, CEO Joe Tucci sent around an e-mail saying that although …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2008
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Will magnetic switching by light keep storage vendors spinning?

Hard drive storage is based on switching magnetic states by magnetism. Switching by laser light could be much faster and could be used on non-spinning media. Laser light switching of a magnetic medium is described in a PhD thesis, Laser-Induced Femtosecond Magnetic Recording, written by Dr Daniel Stanciu, currently a researcher …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2009
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ProStor makes new money from old data

Archiving is no big bucks bonanza. Look at the declining tape business, the collapse of Plasmon, and Copan struggling to survive. Yet in this harsh environment, startup ProStor, with its removable disk technology, appears to be booming. ProStor is a tape cartridge replacement play. A fundamental difference from tape is that the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2009
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DiData wipes slate clean with Proxicom disposal

DiData sells Proxicom Dimension Data has sold Proxicom, the US consultancy it outbid Compaq for in 2001. The networking reseller paid $448m in the heyday of the Internet bubble. It sold the company on for so little that it will have no impact on the bottom line so the figure can stay secret. Chief executive Brett Dawson told …
John Oates, 17 Mar 2004
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Overland gets fresh financing

Overland Storage, which was in danger of running out of cash by the end of the month, has agreed a $9m accounts receivable financing deal. Overland supplies NEO and ARCvault tape libraries, REO disk backup and virtual tape libraries, and ULTAMUS protected drive arrays. It is recovering after drastic mis-steps by previous …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2008

Optical storage: destined for oblivion?

Cries such as "tape is dead" and "optical has no future" have been heard for some time now - and not only from the mouths of hard-disk vendors, writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock. This begs the question of whether non-disk based storage technologies have any long-term prospects. A little thought, however, quickly reveals …
IT-Analysis, 23 Mar 2004
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InPhase delays holographic storage to late 2009

Holographic storage developer InPhase has put its first drive ship date back to late 2009. Meanwhile GE thinks it has a CD/DVD-compatible holographic technology that can be made into a commercial product. InPhase is developing a Tapestry holographic drive which uses a $180, CD-size disc with data stored as holograms within the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2008
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Sony's Super AIT - a fall from grace

Sony is reeling, with 16,000 job losses and restructuring looming for its sprawling electronics division. Super AIT tape comes out of that sprawl, and its time may be drawing to a close, squeezed out by LTO much as AIT was squeezed out by DAT. Back in 2004 the first generation Super AIT (SAIT) tape, the half-inch format big …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2008
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VMD to hit US with '100 titles'

Versatile Multilayer Disc (VMD), one of the lesser-known formats jostling to become the successor to DVD, will launch in the US later this year with the release of more than 100 titles, the company behind the technology pledged today. To indicate the VMD's support among the major Hollywood studios, New Media Enterprises (NME) …
Tony Smith, 08 May 2006
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Storage start-ups fail to set the world on fire

Try this point of view on for size: there is no general large scale file storage problem. Companies set up to deal with that problem have failed to set the world on fire and over-invested ones, like ONSTor and Copan, are facing difficulties. Meanwhile, block storage SAN re-invention companies, such as 3PAR and Compellent have …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2009
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Mimosa adds files to archive cocktail

Mimosa, an email archiving software company, is adding file archiving to its NearPoint product, this way striking out on a unified archiving strategy. Once upon a time data protection meant backup to tape. Those simple times seem a long time ago now, with tape backup's front-end restore role and back-end archive role both under …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2008

Copan's bid for greatness

Copan has an infrastructure suited to thousands of customers when it has just over sixty. What is going on? Building for the long haul and a future as a billion dollar revenue company seems to be the end result of the script being used to drive the company. The company, led by CEO Mark Ward, has had a driven year. It's recruited …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2008
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Roxio CD-R patent infringement claim court date set

CD burning software developer Optima's patent infringement allegations against Napster owner Roxio will be heard by the US District Court of Central California on 19 April, papers seen by The Register reveal. The case will be heard by Judge James V Selna. Optima claims Roxio's own CD burning code violates intellectual property …
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2004