ASTI Records UDO Win in County Court’s Office
December 3, 2013 Alex Woodie
The Sangamon County Circuit Clerk’s office recently implemented a UDO optical media storage solution from Alliance Storage Technologies (ASTI) to store court records that it manages for the Seventh Judicial Court located in Springfield, Illinois, the company announced last week.
The road to Alliance and its Plasmon UDO (Ultra Density Optical) solutions started when Sangamon County Circuit Clerk Tony Libri’s office decided that it needed a better place to store data from an IBM i-based application from JANO Justice Systems.
“We were looking for an archival storage solution that could meet our requirements: reliability, performance, cost-effectiveness, secure Write Once Read Many (WORM) protection, and easy integration with our imaging software,” said Debbie Cook, the department’s manager of information systems for the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk.
The department selected ASTI’s Archive Appliance Elite, a network attached storage (NAS)- device that includes ASTI’s Plasmon UDO optical drives. The system was integrated with the JANO Justice Case Management System and Real Vision Software‘s IBM i-based document imaging software.
The department migrated 10 million documents from IBM 3995/3996 optical libraries to the new ASTI setup, and new records are being added at the rate of 1 million per year. Cook cites performance as a big benefit of the new system, as well as the capability to easily add new images to court records and to resolve inaccurate indexing.
ASTI bought Plasmon’s struggling UDO business in 2009, and has been marketing the storage solutions ever since. The Colorado Springs, Colorado, company bolstered its grip on the worldwide UDO marketplace last month when it completed the acquisition of the UDO distribution business of Verbatim, which continues to manufacture UDO media.