Alliance Storage Technologies and Verbatim/MKM Transitioning UDO Media Sales to Alliance

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ASTI will work in conjunction with Verbatim to transition wholesalers and distributors from the Verbatim distribution channel to the ASTI distribution channel.

Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. (ASTI), the leader in professional data archiving solutions, and Verbatim Americas LLC (Verbatim) with its parent company Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (Verbatim/MKM), announced today the transition of the Verbatim UDO® UDO2 60GB WORM (Ultra Density Optical) media distribution channel to ASTI, the owner and manufacturer of all UDO related intellectual property and worldwide distributor of UDO media.

ASTI, the manufacturer of professional archive solutions utilizing UDO media, will work in conjunction with Verbatim to transition wholesalers and distributors from the Verbatim distribution channel to the ASTI distribution channel. ASTI, via its existing worldwide distribution network, is the largest distribution channel for UDO media. ASTI will work to seamlessly integrate the Verbatim wholesalers and distributors into the ASTI distribution channel over the coming months.

“ASTI has long believed optical media is a core component of market leading professional archiving solutions, providing high reliability, longevity, and quality. UDO media is an industry standard that organizations have come to rely on for their archiving needs. ASTI is pleased that Verbatim has looked to ASTI to provide their customers the same high quality service and support that they have come to expect over the past years. ASTI will work to quickly and efficiently integrate these new wholesalers and distributors into our existing worldwide channel network. ASTI also looks forward to continuing to work with Verbatim/MKM on new initiatives for the professional archive market, as we continue to evolve our business partnership,” stated Chris Carr, CEO, Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc.

ASTI, the largest worldwide supplier of UDO media via its channel partner network, will continue to offer the following types of UDO media:
▪ UDO1 30GB WORM                                    
▪ UDO1 30GB WORM Barcode                        
▪ UDO1 30GB R/W                                        
▪ UDO1 30GB R/W Barcode
▪ UDO2 60GB WORM Barcode                        
▪ UDO2 60GB R/W
▪ UDO2 60GB R/W Barcode

With the transition of the supply of UDO media from the Verbatim distribution channel to the ASTI distribution channel, users of UDO media should rest assured as MKM, a licensed manufacturer of UDO media, will continue all manufacturing operations related to UDO media, thus ensuring a readily available supply of UDO media for users of Plasmon branded Archive Storage solutions.

“We believe that transitioning our UDO media channel to Alliance Storage Technologies is a positive step forward for our customers, wholesalers and distributors of UDO media. Alliance is not only dedicated to the development and support of professional archive solutions, but is the original developer and manufacturer of UDO technology and associated product lines, providing an excellent technology base as well as an established worldwide distribution channel. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with Alliance in the uninterrupted production of UDO media, and look forward to continued initiatives for the introduction of new progressive initiatives for the professional archive market,” stated Robert Burkhardt, VP of Operations Verbatim/MKM.

About Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (Verbatim)

Since its beginning in 1969, Verbatim® has been at the forefront of the evolution in data storage technology. Today, more than 39 years later, Verbatim remains one of the most recognizable names in the data storage industry.

Customer-driven, Verbatim is known for adding considerable product value--above and beyond its competitors--to established media technology. As an industry pioneer, Verbatim is recognized for the role it plays in early product development and commercial product introduction of new technologies. Verbatim's leadership role is especially apparent in the evolution of optical media recording including MO and the CD/DVD family of products.

Along with its technological innovations, Verbatim has always been recognized universally for its superior manufacturing practices. Verbatim was the first media company to receive ISO certification, the de facto standard for quality management systems worldwide. This commitment to quality translates into consistent product performance and reliability. In addition, Verbatim provides toll-free technical support and service to enable its customers to maximize the performance of its products.

As a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, a recognized world leader in the chemical and computer industries, Verbatim is ideally positioned to take advantage of changes in the market while continuing to challenge the frontiers of data storage.

About Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc.

Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. (ASTI), established in 2003, is the leading source for professional data archiving solutions worldwide that meet and exceed regulatory compliance demands for secure, long-term data retention. These regulatory compliant systems preserve original data for extended periods (greater than 50 years) assuring archive data remains unaltered; a necessity for vertical markets such as Healthcare, Finance, Government, Insurance, and Legal.

At ASTI, we are committed to providing best-in-class support to our customers around the world. To find out more about ASTI and our data archive solutions, please visit us at or call us at +1 719 593 7900.

Alliance Storage Technologies, ASTI, Plasmon and UDO are registered trademarks of Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. MKM and Verbatim are trademarks of MKM. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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