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August 26, 2015:

NORCROSS, GA: Now, Android™ Lollipop is just as sweet on Windows® PCs. With the latest edition of AMIDuOS™ - version 2.0 - users can enjoy the latest and great Android apps right on their Microsoft Windows® 7.x, 8.x or 10 devices.

The new, Android 5.0.1 (Lollipop) compatible version of AMIDuOS is available for download from www.amiduos.com for a $15 lifetime license – with a 30–day free trial. AMIDuOS, which delivers a full Android experience to Windows desktops, laptops or tablets, was created by American Megatrends, Inc., the number one BIOS vendor in the world by shipment volume.

In addition, AMI will continue to make AMIDuOS 1.x, which supports Android 4.3 (Jellybean), available for only $10. Current users who installed AMIDuOS 1.x before Aug 7th can get a free upgrade to AMIDuOS 2.0 upon registering their licensed copy. The upgrade process is simple – and AMIDuOS even preserves all previously installed apps and settings during the upgrade from 1.x to 2.0!

In addition, to share the excitement, AMI will be giving away one Microsoft Surface™ Pro 3 tablet PC and ten free lifetime licenses for AMIDuOS 2.0. To enter the giveaway, just visit the AMIDuOS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/amiduos and send a virtual Lollipop to a friend.

“People should be able to run their Android apps on any device they wish,” explained Subramonian Shankar, AMI founder and President. “We created AMIDuOS to make it easy for anyone to get the full Android experience on their Windows machines. Now, even the most recent Android apps developed for Android 5.0.1 will run smoothly and with full compatibility on the Windows platform.”

The team behind AMIDuOS 2.0 has carefully tested thousands of Android apps to make sure users can enjoy apps requiring access to the Android 5.0.1 platform. AMIDuOS supports many of the improvements found in Android Lollipop, including compatibility with Android’s new ART runtime, native support for 64-bit apps, improved A/V sync and higher-performance graphics and audio.

Why AMIDuOS?

Many Android apps are not available on the Windows 7/8/10 platform – such as Instagram, Tinder, WhatsApp, DuoLingo, Real Racing 3, Plants vs Zombies 2, Temple Run… the list goes on! Moreover, many Android apps are more expensive on Windows – for the identical app!

In many cases, consumers who have already paid for their app on the Android platform are often required to pay a second time to purchase the same app for Windows. Additionally, developers often update apps on Android before doing so for Windows, meaning that the only way to get the latest and greatest version or features is to use the Android version.

But with AMIDuOS, compromise is a thing of the past. Now users have access to the full library of Android apps on their Windows device – running either full-screen or in a window, while retaining the ability to switch over to their traditional Windows apps at any time – with no need to reboot. AMIDuOS is truly the best of both worlds.

How It Works

After installing AMIDuOS with a quick download from www.amiduos.com, users get a full Android experience on their Windows device. They can view and manipulate the Android desktop just as they do on their native Android devices and download apps from Google Play or Amazon App Store.

AMI has utilized its decades of expertise to build hardware acceleration support into the app and support direct hardware access whenever possible. Emulation is only used when needed – otherwise code runs natively. This, plus 3D acceleration support, means incredible performance, so games and video-intensive apps run smoothly and quickly.

Since AMIDuOS can access native PC hardware and drivers, any apps installed in the Android environment can take advantage of the touchscreen, sensors, peripherals, GPS, camera and more - to deliver a fully immersive Android experience. AMI has tested AMIDuOS with over 4,000 apps and is continually releasing updates to improve its compatibility.

AMIDuOS also integrates Android tightly into the Windows environment. The clipboard is shared, so users can copy from an Android app and paste into Windows, or vice versa. AMIDuOS can also be configured to share files with the Windows side, giving users the power to save a file in Android and then open it directly within Windows, for example.

AMIDuOS runs best on a touch-screen enabled tablet, but is compatible with a keyboard and mouse setup as well. It supports customizable keyboard mapping so users can assign physical keys to gestures such as swipe or pinch, for unsurpassed speed in games or other apps. Gamepads are supported as well, so Android games can be enjoyed on a Windows system using gamepads designed for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and more.

The Press is Raving

Computerworld - "For anyone who wants a Windows tablet to do double-duty as an Android tablet, it's a no-brainer. It's well worth the price of two fancy cups of coffee."

PC World – “As a general rule, setting up a VM can be a challenge...Luckily, there’s a way around that challenge—American Megatrends’ AMIDuOS.”

Android Headlines – “AMIDuOS is compatible with the new Android ART runtime, 64-bit apps and has plenty of native code that’s designed to give users a full, smooth experience as you would expect from a dedicated Android-powered device.”

ZDNET - “Switch between Windows and Android apps seamlessly without having to close what you're doing in one OS to get to the other"

SuperSite for Windows – “AMI has figured out how to successfully bring a full Android tablet experience to Windows, with no major drawbacks."

Lifehacker - "If you've ever wanted to install Android apps on Windows, you can with AMIDuOS."

Tom's Hardware - "Everything ran very fast and without any major problems… (It) felt faster than any Android device. The fact that the software managed to run stable and fast really shows how much work has gone into it."

Android and Me – “If you haven’t already installed AMIDuOS on your PC, we suggest you do.”

System Requirements:

AMIDuOS runs on nearly any modern Windows desktop, laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 device. For best results, AMI recommends that it meet these basic requirements:

  • x86 processor
  • 32/64-bit version of Windows® 7/8/8.1/10
  • OpenGL 3.0 and above
  • Hardware Virtualization Technology enabled in the system’s BIOS
  • Minimum of 2GB system RAM (3GB is recommended for peak performance)
  • Minimum of 2GB of free space available on system drive
  • Administrator access rights to device
  • Internet connectivity while installing AMIDuOS

Follow AMIDuOS on Twitter at @DuOSfromAMI or visit us online at http://www.amiduos.com for tips, tricks, downloads, support and more!

AMIDuOS is a trademark of American Megatrends, Inc. Windows and Surface are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the US and abroad.

August 25, 2015:

  • Leading Banking and Financial Institution Switches to StorTrends for Ease of Management, Data Protection and Asset Optimization

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that its customer FSG Bank, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, reported a five time increase in IOPS speed in comparison to its previous backup system after switching to StorTrends high performance storage.

Prior to implementing the StorTrends solution, FSG Bank — whose approximately 300 employees serve the banking and financial needs of communities in Tennessee and northern Georgia — struggled to efficiently maintain its existing storage resources. The bank had recently realized a substantial increase in profits, with nearly $50 million in loan growth and over $1 million of improvement in non-interest expense. For the IT department, charged with supporting the bank’s internal IT requirements as well as maintaining all customer support systems, this success created even greater data storage challenges.

With a complex IT environment consisting of 70 servers, the majority of which are virtual, Juniper network switches, a myriad of databases, a Zimbra mail server and various banking software, FSG Bank needed to rely on outsourcing the core of its work. The operation was just getting by on a 20 TB storage area network (SAN), with a secondary unit in a disaster recovery (DR) site for failover.

Needing more flexibility and control over the environment, the IT department compared various systems and chose StorTrends based on the product’s capability, price, and support plan. In terms of capability, the data-tiering provided by StorTrends allowed the organization to implement three tiers of storage and avoid overburdening its storage resources. Tier I was used to support the bank’s mission-critical data (accessed hourly and daily), Tier II was employed to manage frequently-accessed but non-priority data, and Tier III was used to serve its backup and archiving processes.

“The primary production datastore and most of the VMs were strategically migrated over to the StorTrends solution as quickly as possible and the results were immediate,” said Kevin Turner, Systems Administrator, FSG Bank. “The speed is definitely impressive. Our IOPS are almost five times faster than the previous solution.”

Turner also highlighted that the outstanding technical support has been key to the bank’s high satisfaction with StorTrends. “With StorTrends, the support agents know the product inside-out,” said Turner. “The representatives go above and beyond the call of duty and show a total commitment to getting things fixed. We’ve seen firsthand that an excellent product, at an affordable cost, with great technical support is just the StorTrends way of doing business.”

“For organizations like FSG Bank, StorTrends high-performance storage delivers the exceptional performance and functionality necessary to optimize resources, boost productivity, and ensure data protection,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends. “What’s more, StorTrends provides the flexibility to grow any organization’s storage environment as needed, with the high capacity that will meet business and budget requirements well into the future - whether those call for all-flash, hybrid flash, or spinning disk.”

About FSG Bank:
FSG Bank provides customers with services in retail and commercial banking, trust and investment management, mortgage banking, and financial planning. For more information on FSG Bank, visit: http://www.fsgbank.com.

For more details on FSG Bank’s StorTrends deployment, read the case study at: http://www.stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/.

About StorTrends:
StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. torTrends meets the challenges and demands of today’s business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage, hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

August 20, 2015:

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server management and data storage innovations, is pleased to once again announce its participation in the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) San Francisco, which takes place this year from August 18 – 20, 2015. AMI will be located in Booth 460 of the Technology Showcase held at the Moscone Center West for the duration of the event.

At IDF San Francisco 2015, AMI will provide live demonstrations of its MegaRAC® manageability solutions - including its flagship MegaRAC SP-X and new, improved MegaRAC PM-X products. To highlight the new, recently-added features in MegaRAC SP-X, AMI will showcase RESTful APIs in support of Redfish, AMI’s patented multi-node support and HTML5 support. In support of the recently announced Intel® Innovation Engine, AMI will demonstrate its optimized MegaRAC PM-X for RTOS. These solutions represent key building blocks of the support that AMI offers for Rack Scale Architecture.

"Our MegaRAC solutions for Rack Scale Architecture and Innovation Engine underscore our readiness for the next chapter in server platform management and data center solutions," said Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends.

"The Innovation Engine is a small, embedded, Intel-architecture processor and I/O subsystem built into future Intel data center platforms," said Lisa Spelman, General Manager of Data Center Marketing at Intel. "Firmware such as MegaRAC PM-X running on the IE can improve or differentiate the system-builders’ platforms in a wide range of ways, including manageability, cost reduction or security."

American Megatrends warmly welcomes its customers, partners and media representatives to IDF San Francisco and invites attendees to visit Booth 460 for an up-close and personal view of the latest in AMI innovation.

August 17, 2015:

NORCROSS, GAStorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that it has been granted three U.S. Patents as the company continues to establish a new era of performance storage with proven value. The patents set the highest standard to date for how companies can meet the requirements of the most performance-intensive applications, at the most affordable price-point in the industry.

AMI was granted U.S. Patent No. 8,954,339 on Data Deduplication for Information Storage Systems, which was filed on April 18, 2012. This awarded patent covers the means to have deduplication run at optimal and efficient space-saving levels. Specifically, it optimizes the amount of system RAM space used in the system to reduce (or dedupe) terabytes worth of data without affecting performance. In terms of customer benefit, this greatly reduces the amount of SSD capacity that a company is required to purchase within the SAN while also delivering the lowest latency in the industry to significantly increase value and response times within an IT environment.

“Deduplication and compression have become critical features for all-flash storage arrays,” said Sukha Ghosh, Vice President of Engineering for the StorTrends Data Storage Division. “Without deduplication and compression, the SSDs are too small from a capacity perspective, and they are still too expensive to scale out for many customers. StorTrends has worked extremely hard to implement the industry’s best deduplication and compression engine within StorTrends’ All-Flash Array family.”

AMI was granted the second patent — U.S. Patent No. 8,812,811 on Data Migration between Multiple Tiers in a Storage System — which was filed on August 10, 2012. This awarded patent covers the means that StorTrends utilizes to efficiently analyze blocks of data and move the individual blocks among different tiers of storage. Customers lower their costs significantly from StorTrends taking the highly accessed blocks of data in the environment and putting only those blocks into the expensive drive SSD tiers, while the less frequently accessed blocks occupy only the lower, less expensive tier of the storage array.

“Data tiering has been around for many years and there are several ways to migrate data between different storage tiers. The new patented process is an important advancement for both the StorTrends Hybrid Array and the StorTrends All-Flash Array. This patented process has been designed to intelligently watch and track blocks of data, and it can even predict when data blocks need to be moved into or out of the hot tier based on access patterns,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends Data Storage Division. “This very unique and efficient algorithm can also be further fine-tuned by the customer for faster promotion and demotion of the blocks of data based on the customer’s specific data loads and data type, providing for true quality of service.”

AMI was granted the third patent—Patent No. 8,711,851 on Multi-Protocol Data Transfers — which was filed on July 18, 2008. This patent covers the means that StorTrends uses to maximize the reliability of transmission control protocol and the performance of user datagram protocol to ensure that StorTrends’ replication is the fastest in the industry. This decreases replication management and increases the possible recovery point objective (RPO) for a customer by giving more available bandwidth for the blocks that need to go to their disaster recovery (DR) location. StorTrends also incorporates periodicity, which allows the customer to set the priority bandwidth for the replication of the data and avoid bogging down the network during peak business hours. The Wide-Area Data Services (WDS) technology suite includes data deduplication, compression, encryption, and WAN optimization. This technology ensures that the primary site stays in-sync with the secondary site, allowing for increased RPO and recovery time objective.

“The ability to keep a disaster recovery or backup site in sync with the primary data infrastructure is critical,” said Bagby. “We have found that a large majority of IT environments are not in-sync and if a disaster occurs in the primary environment, the chances of the data being in-sync and on the secondary or DR site is low. AMI recognized this as a serious problem, and in response developed its industry-leading WDS replication technology suite that helps shorten the vulnerability window for StorTrends customers.”

To learn more about the StorTrends 3600i all-flash array, please visit: www.stortrends.com/products/stortrends-models/stortrends-3600i

To learn more about the StorTrends iDATA tool, please visit: www.stortrends.com/resources/stortrends-idata-tool

To learn more about the StorTrends Dedupe tool, please visit: www.stortrends.com/resources/stortrends-deduplication-analyzer-tool/

About StorTrends
StorTrends® from American Megatrends (AMI) is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today’s business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash arrays (AFA), to hybrid storage, to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by thousands of customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: www.stortrends.com.

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AMI Partners & Industry Associations


In line with the diversity of its technology and products, AMI is a long-standing member of key industry associations and standards groups, maintaining technology partnerships with the leading manufacturers whose products are used every day in homes, offices and institutions worldwide.

Distributed Management Task Force
Intel Corporation
Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance
NVM Express
Open Compute Project
PCI SIG
Trusted Computing Group
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
USB Implementers Forum
Advanced Micro Devices
Renesas
OpenPOWER
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