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February 24, 2015:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA, USA / NUREMBERG, GERMANY - American Megatrends, Inc., (AMI) a global leader in BIOS, remote management and network data storage solutions, joins Embedded World 2015 from Tuesday, February 24 to Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany.

The Embedded World Exhibition & Conference is the world's biggest exhibition of its kind and is a key meeting place of the international embedded community, shaping the character of the embedded world by showcasing the full range of embedded technologies in hardware, software, tools and development services.

AMI will be located in Hall 2, Booth 365 of the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, where the company will display a number of exciting embedded solutions for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. As one of the highlights of this year’s presentation, AMI will unveil its vision for intelligent management of IoT devices with demonstrations of its cloud-centric IoT gateway solution, which combines key components from widely-used, mature AMI products and leverages its deep experience in BIOS, remote management and sensor management technologies.

And as always, AMI will also present the latest developments in its flagship Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware, together with BIOS development and debug tools and services, showing how both x86 and ARM-based platforms can go "beyond BIOS" using Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) technology to add value and reduce time-to-market (TTM) for embedded projects. Solutions for the Android™ OS for x86-based hardware and MegaRAC® Remote Management products will be on display as well.

American Megatrends warmly welcomes its customers, partners and media representatives to the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference and invites attendees to visit Booth 365 in Hall 2 to witness the latest in AMI innovation for the embedded market.

February 10, 2015:

  • StorTrends 3500i Hybrid Flash Array (HFA) and 3400i Dual Controller SAN to Ensure Optimal Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System Performance, High Availability (HA), Data Protection and Continued Seamless Scalability

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced that the McLeod Addictive Disease Center has added a StorTrends 3500i SSD hybrid flash array (HFA) and a StorTrends 3400i dual controller storage area network (SAN) unit to its existing StorTrends deployment, currently serving as the backbone for its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems. The added StorTrends storage will enable McLeod to achieve seamless expansion of its EMR environment, while ensuring flash-fast performance, as well as the highest levels of data availability and protection.

StorTrends was initially deployed to reinforce McLeod’s EMR system upgrade, as the company transitioned to a virtualized infrastructure. Optimized to support all of the leading virtualization platforms, StorTrends helped McLeod to achieve the dramatic enterprise performance and reliability it required, at an extremely affordable price point. When it came time to expand the environment, for McLeod the decision was simple regarding the storage that should serve as the foundation for the effort.

“We originally chose StorTrends after an extensive review of the likely options – such as Dell, EMC and HP. We then met with the StorTrends team and completed an exhaustive evaluation of the StorTrends’ array – the results blew us away,” said Paul Ogle, a member of the IT team at McLeod Addictive Disease Center. “In addition to StorTrends performing exactly as advertised, the knowledge and support we have received from the StorTrends support team has far exceeded our expectations.”

Today, McLeod continues to use the StorTrends arrays to run all of their virtual machines (VMs). Managing a large EMR environment, let alone one that sits on a virtualized infrastructure, can be a daunting task. However, with StorTrends McLeod enjoys a single point of contact for all of the virtual hosts, simplifying overall management tasks such as automatic VM migration in the event of a virtual host loss or creating new LUNs on virtual machines. And, if a question should arise, StorTrends is available 24x7 with the answer.

“I’ve worked in IT for well over 10 years and I have seldom enjoyed the quality of support I have received from StorTrends,” added Ogle.

“McLeod has moved from a single controller 2400i SAN to the 3500i as their primary storage. With this move, McLeod has increased redundancy with dual controllers, and further enhanced their DR strategy, by backing up to the 3400i SAN. Moreover, by adding the 3500i hybrid flash storage they benefit from the ultimate combination of extreme performance and optimal capacity, at a price comparable to spinning disk – helping them to realize almost immediate and significant ROI,” said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. “However for me, the real news here is that there is absolutely no better seal of approval that can be achieved, then that of a satisfied customer that returns for more.”

To learn more about the McLeod Addictive Disease Center, please visit: http://www.mcleodcenter.com/.

To read the initial StorTrends, McLeod Addictive Disease Center case study, please visit: 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.

February 4, 2015:

  • CIOs and IT Administrators to Learn Benefits and Best Practices for Deploying Hybrid SSD or Full-Flash Storage

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced it is kicking off its 2015 “Steak & Storage” tour with initial stops in Charlotte, and Raleigh, North Carolina:\; Pittsburgh, PA; Columbus and Cincinnati, OH. CIOs and IT administrators attending the events will enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while learning the benefits and best practices for deploying Hybrid SSD (solid-state disk) and/or full-flash storage.

Attendees will hear from StorTrends solutions engineers as they discuss the advantages and potential obstacles of deploying Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays, with insight based on actual user requirements. Participants will learn how these solutions can affect critical tier one applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), learn the best practices for leveraging SSD technology while ensuring optimal performance.

Attendees will find answers to their most pressing questions and concerns including:

  • What you need to know about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage - what you need to know
  • How to determine the hot or active data within your environment

Learn More and Register Here:

Charlotte, NC
February 10, 2015 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Register Here: http://www.stortrends.com/company/news-events/lunch-and-learn-2015-02-10/

Raleigh, NC
February 11, 2015 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Register Here: http://www.stortrends.com/company/news-events/lunch-and-learn-2015-02-11/

Pittsburgh, PA
February 24, 2015 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Register Here: http://www.stortrends.com/company/news-events/lunch-and-learn-2015-02-24/

Columbus, OH
February 25, 2015 at Mitchell’s Steak House
Register Here: http://www.stortrends.com/company/news-events/lunch-and-learn-2015-02-25/

Cincinnati, OH
February 26, 2015 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Register Here: http://www.stortrends.com/company/news-events/lunch-and-learn-2015-02-26/

To review the continuously updated StorTrends’ events calendar, including all currently scheduled Steak & Storage events, please visit: http://www.stortrends.com/company/news-events/

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.

January 26, 2015:

  • North Carolina CPA Firm Leverages StorTrends iDATA to Analyze Physical and Virtualized VMware IT Environment and Support Smart IT Investment

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced that Thomas, Judy & Tucker (TJ&T), a leading CPA firm in Raleigh, N.C., has deployed a StorTrends high performance storage area network (SAN) to ensure application performance and the protection of its financial and legal data, while adhering to its strict budgetary requirements. Not wanting to sacrifice speed for cost, the new StorTrends SAN provides TJ&T with the performance of solid-state disk (SSD) caching and SSD tiering, at the cost of spinning disk.

The Certified Public Accounting firm of Thomas, Judy & Tucker was founded by Cliff Thomas, Chris Judy and David Tucker. As a large local CPA firm, TJ&T has the capacity and the capability to offer a myriad of services to its clients. Since 1990, TJ&T has been creating and sustaining partnerships that deliver professional, reliable results. As a full-service accounting firm offering attestation, taxation, outsource accounting and business valuation/litigation support, TJ&T is equipped to offer timely business, financial and tax services to a variety of clients.

As part of their business operations, TJ&T creates a large volume of data. From PDF documents of invoices and checks and volumes of financial documents to tax returns, time and billing data, to the Microsoft® Exchange™ Server for 130 mailboxes, TJ&T found that its storage requirements continued to grow. Even while its existing direct-attached storage (DAS) primary storage system had enough capacity, its operation was becoming increasingly slow, impacting production performance and office productivity. TJ&T needed to find a storage solution that would deliver the high capacity they needed at speeds that would support the demands of their business.

Not wanting to compromise on speed and capacity, TJ&T ruled out many of the solutions it evaluated. Then they discovered StorTrends. StorTrends was able to offer the performance of SSD caching and SSD tiering with the dense capacity of spinning disk drives, all for an extremely reasonable price.

The results have even out-performed expectations. “I’ve looked at various metrics on our VMware® systems as well as on the StorTrends unit itself, and it’s performing better than I thought would be technically possible,” said Drew Green, Director of Information Technology for TJ&T. “I thought it would perform to our needs, but the numbers I’ve seen are better than anticipated.”

“For organizations like TJ&T, StorTrends high-performance storage solutions can deliver the impressive performance and functionality that truly makes them more productive, with the high capacity that will meet their business needs well into the future,” said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. “The StorTrends iDATA™ performance analysis tool was also of high value to TJ&T because it precisely analyzed their environment to assure that the StorTrends solution they implemented exactly matched their needs.”

It was the sum of the StorTrends solution and experience with the StorTrends sales and support staff that further underscored the value TJ&T sees in StorTrends. “The couple of instances that I’ve spoken with support have been phenomenal,” added Green. “This has been the best support experience I have ever had. Everything has exceeded expectations.”

To read more about TJ&T, and other StorTrends customers, please visit: 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.

January 6, 2015:

  • Customers across Education, Energy, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Retail Speak out on the Benefits and Value of StorTrends Flash Storage Arrays

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced the close of a record breaking year as sales for its storage appliances grew by 500% with the introduction of the StorTrends Hybrid (HFA) and All Flash Arrays (AFA).

The StorTrends 3500i flash storage system delivers the first and only storage area network (SAN) to combine solid-state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance. Optimized to support VMware™, Microsoft® Hyper-V™, Citrix™ and RHEV enterprises of all sizes, the StorTrends 3500i is available as a hybrid or full flash array, and delivers dramatic enterprise performance and reliability at an extremely affordable price point.

“The flash-based storage market, which includes both AFAs and HFAs, is on fire. In the first half of 2014, the combined markets grew at noticeably higher rates than what IDC had forecast it to grow with previous projections. Individually, each market segment also outgrew our 2013 forecast projections,” said Eric Burgener, Research Director, Storage, IDC. “End users are learning that flash storage provides improved performance, higher reliability, longer endurance and compelling TCO when deployed at scale, as well as enterprise-class data services. Clearly, if you are an end user, you should be considering flash-based arrays when the time has come to retire your existing enterprise storage platforms.”

StorTrends Key Milestones:

  • Premieres StorTrends 3500i™ SSD Array – StorTrends 3500i SSD Array offers an all-inclusive set of features including SSD Caching, SSD Tiering, Automatically Tiered Volumes (ATV), Automated Data Tiering, and replication with WAN optimization. These features, together with the unique combination of SSD and HDD technology in a slim 3U configuration, deliver up to 64TB of storage capacity within the 3U and expansion capacity of up to 256TB. The SAN storage solution features hot-swappable dual controllers with Active/Active or Active/Passive high availability and redundant, hot-swappable power supply units.
  • Introduces StorTrends iDATA™ IT Infrastructure Assessment Tool – This free intelligent data analysis tracking application (iDATA) provides a comprehensive and accurate assessment of IT infrastructure statistics such as performance, capacity and throughput requirements, in order to find and assess pain points, before they become disruptive, as well as to enable IT professionals to proactively and accurately plan for future IT investment/deployment.
  • Launches StorTrends PROFIT Program – This program offers one of the highest protected margins in the industry to allow channel partners to capitalize on the exploding demand for cost-effective hybrid and/or full flash storage solutions.

Industry Lab Validations Speak to Power of StorTrends 3500i Storage Array:

Taneja Group Technology Validation – “We observed in our hands-on Technology Validation of the StorTrends 3500i array that StorTrends has crafted SSD into a mature, field-proven, and well-architected storage system. With a comprehensive set of storage features and an intriguingly flexible ability to integrate SSDs with the StorTrends cache and tiering architecture, the 3500i showed us that it is ready to deliver superb performance, extreme versatility, and serious value for mid-range storage customers,” said Taneja Group founder, Arun Taneja when asked about the report. “The NetNet is there is no need to look for alternatives to make solid state more affordable and practical for the mainstream – with the AMI StorTrends 3500i, it is clearly here.”

StorTrends 3500i Validated by StorageReview Enterprise Lab – During independent testing the StorTrends 3500i storage array was deemed a “powerful and easy to deploy hybrid storage platform built for high performance and maximum capacity” – demonstrating top-of-the-class performance in benchmark conducted against well-known Tier 1 storage vendors. “The AMI StorTrends 3500i provides businesses with a powerful and easy to deploy 3U hybrid storage platform built for high performance and maximum capacity. It didn't take long for the StorTrends 3500i to demonstrate its top-class performance during our benchmarking. In the first application test, which measured performance with VMmark, the StorTrends 3500i posted excellent results. The StorTrends 3500i cluster was at or near the top of the pack, slipping ever so slightly at the 10th tile. In the 15k and 30k virtual-user SQL Server benchmark, the 3500i was easily the best of the bunch especially when measuring the average latency. The 3500i recorded only 41ms latency during 30k virtual users benchmark where the second place system posted 133ms; a significant gap in responsiveness. The StorTrends 3500i is able to achieve all of these impressive numbers for a variety of reasons, one of the biggest being how they handle flash. First off, the array offers both caching (a copy of the hot data on SSDs) and tiering (a permanent location of hot data on SSDs), which is relatively rare among the hybrid storage array vendors. Most provide one or the other, which certainly adds to top-line performance, but as we see here, there can be a benefit to using both. AMI is also using higher capacity SSDs for tiering, at 4x800GB in RAID10, 1.6TB usable in a 16-bay system is well above what many competitive systems offer. The drives are also modern, many of the large storage vendors are using SSD technology that's very stable but a few years older. The only thing really working against the 3500i is lack of awareness in a crowded market; that likely won't last long though as the 3500i really shines.”

StorTrends iDATA Named “Invaluable” Tool by SSG-NOW – StorTrends iDATA accurately assesses IT infrastructure in order to find and eliminate pain points, avoid business disruption and make informed storage investment decisions.

Customers Speak Out on Value of StorTrends Flash Storage Appliances:

“We needed something that was going to perform at the level our SQL servers needed. The specification certainly seemed to be there and pricewise StorTrends compared favorably against other devices in its same class. We found that metrics such as IOPS, throughput, capacity and replication - as well as the flexibility of being able to connect to multiple devices of StorTrends products were higher than our current solution and in the range that we wanted to be.”
RTI - Phil Blakely, Network and Systems Administrator

“I cannot stress enough how good the customer service is. The StorTrends team has done nothing but accommodate our needs and bend over backwards for us. Everything has performed as they described and I have never had the feeling of being over-promised or under-delivered.”
Charlotte Radiology – Tony Maynard, Manager of Information Technology

“The StorTrends array had the specific capabilities we were looking for, the integration with Hyper-V and a price tag that was much less than we anticipated.”
National Fish and Seafood - Andrew Marenghi, IT Director

“When I started here there were already two StorTrends appliances that had been here for about four to five years. They ran flawlessly, untouched for about two more years. I didn’t even have to reboot the boxes. I really paid very little attention to them. So, when it was time to add storage for our video project – I was already looking in StorTrends’ direction.”
University of Western Ontario - Clint Bourdeau, Network Systems Specialist

“Indeed, 2014 was a stellar year for StorTrends. Driven by our number one asset – our people - combined with the industry’s top storage solution – StorTrends - and relationships with the channel’s superstars as the icing-on-top, we grew our customer base with companies large and small, across virtually every industry vertical, around the world,” said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. “We look forward to this year, as we continue to hone our product roadmap in order to innovate and deliver the features our customers require to accelerate application performance, protect and ensure data availability, and decrease overall cost and complexity.”

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.

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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
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