July 14, 2008

Plasmon Chosen As Health Management Associates Archival Storage Provider

Plasmon (LSE:PLM), the trusted source in archiving systems, today announced that Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA), a premier operator of acute care hospitals, selected Plasmon as its archival storage provider and has plans to implement Plasmon solutions across many of its 57 hospitals.

HMA needed a storage solution that would provide a secure, long-term solution to help the business meet industry requirements, while maintaining a reasonable cost of ownership. With the daily flow of patient images and other critical data entering HMA's storage infrastructure, capacity on its disk-based archiving storage systems were quickly being filled and the DVD media for the disaster-recovery tier was becoming burdensome to manage. Plasmon worked with HMA to determine a solution that would meet performance, reliability, scalability, cost, and longevity requirements.

"Improving our IT storage productivity, while reducing the cost of managing critical data was imperative to our growth strategy," said Jim Jordan, CIO and Senior Vice President of Management Information Systems for HMA. "Add to this the need to make sure that we were meeting strict compliance requirements for archiving medical data, and we needed a solution that was more than just RAID disk. For anyone who is concerned about the overall affordability, performance, and flexibility of their archiving solution, I would strongly recommend exploring Plasmon's UDO Archive Appliance."

HMA chose Plasmon's UDO Archive Appliance because it was specifically designed for long-term retention of valuable digital assets. Plasmon could support the growth of HMA over time, preventing HMA from having to purchase new storage units regularly. Plasmon's backward-read-compatible roadmap and system expandability means fewer units and less maintenance time, all adding up to dramatically lower maintenance costs.

"As a business, we are focused on delivering archive solutions that easily and cost-efficiently manage the growing archive demands of businesses," said Steven Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Plasmon. "We see medical and healthcare as markets that are in need of alternative solutions that go beyond disk-only products. In addition to the long-term retention benefits, Plasmon's Archive Appliance has less energy consumption for power and cooling helping customers like HMA address environmental challenges while improving their operating performance."

Due to the easy integration of Plasmon's UDO Archive Appliance with email, imaging, content management, and other applications, HMA was able to quickly deploy the customized archival storage strategy that best fit its unique needs. HMA has begun implementing Plasmon units and plans to expand its use of the Plasmon technology and appliances to many of its 57 acute care hospitals in 15 states.

About Health Management Associates

Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE:HMA) owns and operates 57 hospitals, with approximately 8,100 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. HMA's mission is the delivery of compassionate and high quality health care services that improve the quality of life for its patients, physicians, and the communities it serves. For more information about HMA, please visit www.hma.com.

About Plasmon

For more than 21 years, Plasmon has partnered with leading organizations worldwide to implement long-term archiving solutions. Plasmon provides customers with a proven methodology for establishing and managing enterprise archives as part of their IT and business processes. Plasmon solutions are designed specifically for long-term archiving without a product agenda and offer customers choice and flexibility to help them manage data growth, reduce archive complexity, enhance operation efficiencies, reduce cost and mitigate governance risk.

Founded in 1987, Plasmon PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:PLM) and is headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom, with offices globally. For more information, visit www.plasmon.com.

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