QStar Technologies (http://www.qstar.com), a global leader in
archiving, data protection and compliance solutions, today announced
that its popular HSM archive platform is now available for Apple Mac
OS X v10.5 (Snow Leopard).

With an extensive global install base on other operating systems,
HSM’s advanced archiving and storage device management capabilities
are now available for Apple Macintosh users, adding to QStar’s list
of supported operating systems and markets. For the first time, the
HSM platform provides a sophisticated storage solution supporting
mixed RAID, optical (Blu-ray) and tape (LTO, SAIT, SDLT) technologies
within the Apple environment.

Built for enterprise-level demands, HSM is a complete storage
platform that automatically manages the migration and lifecycle of
data across multiple tiers of storage. The HSM solution architecture
is based on the resilient 3-2-1 model* with high performance RAID
storage, backed by a secure optical or tape archive and complete
offline media management. Supporting system capacities from a few
terabytes to over a petabyte, HSM provides a very resilient yet cost
effective solution with the performance, longevity and authenticity
essential for demanding professional archives.

“QStar has been providing storage management software and solutions
for many years and we have been watching the growth of Apple’s
publishing, graphic arts, video editing and medical imaging markets
with great interest,” explained Riccardo Finotti, CEO at QStar. “The
Mac enterprise and server environment is becoming increasingly
sophisticated and its storage needs have grown exponentially.

From a storage and data management perspective, Apple users are
struggling with the same concerns as traditional Windows, UNIX and
Linux customers. Relentless data growth, risk management, compliance
and cost containment are business critical issues that QStar helps
companies to address. QStar’s HSM archive platform is responding to
the growing demand among Apple customers for enterprise class

“We see the availability of our HSM platform for Mac OS X as a major
industry milestone,” commented Steve Tongish, global marketing
director for QStar. “We believe that QStar is the first company to
bring an enterprise-class archive solution to the Apple community,
supporting high capacity RAID subsystems in combination with the
latest generation Blu-ray and LTO libraries. HSM for Mac provides an
excellent platform for storage intensive applications where Apple
dominates. This includes any applications where high value data and
long term retention are critical to the business such as: publishing,
graphics design, audio/video editing and medical imaging, to name
just a few.”