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American Megatrends (AMI) is a leader in BIOS, UEFI, Remote Management, Network Data Storage, Android Solutions and more - using a proven process to support its valued customers as they design, develop and bring their products and solutions to life.

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June 25, 2015:

  • National Mortgage Firm Relies on StorTrends to Easily Manage and Support its Tiered Storage Data Stores with Compelling Value and ROI

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced that that its high performance storage area network (SAN) storage appliances have been implemented by First Option Mortgage to affordably support and manage the three-tier storage structure of its newly virtualized datacenter. Using StorTrends, First Option Mortgage has seen dramatic value across its Tier II and Tier III data stores, making its journey to datacenter virtualization seamless and efficient.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, First Option Mortgage has a national footprint with a growing family of more than 200 employees. With continued expansion, the mortgage firm’s IT team was experiencing the strain of its continued expansion. The company’s data center was completely physical just a few years ago, but with growth the team saw the need to virtualize. Today, First Option is almost fully virtual and has nearly 100 VMware® ESX servers serving its business applications.

This growing environment needed to better support its storage infrastructure. As a way to avoid overburdening its storage resources, the organization implemented three tiers of storage: Tier I is used to support its absolute mission-critical data which is accessed hourly and daily. Tier II storage is employed to manage frequently accessed, but non-priority data and Tier III storage is used to serve its backup and archiving processes.

When it came time for First Option to find a solution that would efficiently support its tiered data structure, they needed a system that was reliable and simple to use. It also needed to be VMware compatible and affordable. StorTrends SAN solutions became the number one choice.

The GUI of the StorTrends ManageTrends software caught the attention of Matt Berry, Vice President of IT for First Option Mortgage, “The StorTrends ManageTrends GUI is absolutely the best GUI I’ve seen. It’s ridiculously easy to use. That and StorTrends’ highly affordable pricing made it a compelling product for our Tier II and III needs.”

First Option is now using two StorTrends arrays with SATA drives to support Tier II and Tier III data, managing roughly 16 TBs of total capacity. “The StorTrends solutions at First Option have been a very good investment. The SANs do exactly as promised. For the money and ease of use, StorTrends is a real value,” added Barry.

“The StorTrends solutions are ideally suited for the tiered data management structures in today’s enterprises. They offer the high performance and reliability needed to robustly serve mission critical data, and the cost effectiveness to also deliver an exceptional ROI for Tier III applications,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends Division at American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). “For organizations such as First Option Mortgage, this means exceptional performance with the simplicity and management ease of a common solution.”

To read more about First Option Mortgage, and other StorTrends customers, please visit: www.stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories.

June 18, 2015:

NORCROSS, GA, USA - American Megatrends, Inc., (AMI), a leader in BIOS, remote management, solutions for Android™ and data storage innovations, announced that its Extensible Setup Architecture (ESA) for Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware was selected by Supermicro for use in their Gaming Workstation C7Z97-M/C7Z97-MF/C7Z97-OCE/C7X99-OCE/C7X99-OCE-F motherboards with CSE-GS50-000R/CSE-GS5B-000R chassis.

ESA is a feature-rich, streamlined graphical setup environment for Aptio V that gives developers options to create a BIOS setup environment with menus and design capabilities that include: unique branding options, the ability to drag and drop boot ordering, customization of fonts, background colors, images, vector graphics, a resizable menu layout and more.

These unique and extensive BIOS customization capabilities enable AMI’s OEM and ODM customers to create industry leading product diversification and differentiation.

It also offers excellent security and health monitoring capabilities along with full touch screen support for the BIOS for tablet and touch-based devices, including an integrated soft keyboard. AMI has seen these as features that are increasingly in high demand as this market segment continues to enjoy impressive growth.

“Supermicro’s expertise in enterprise server solutions brings major advantages to the workstation gaming enthusiast market, such as 6-layer PCBs with server quality TU-662/NP175 materials as well as top grade X5R/X7R class solid-state NPCAP ceramic chip capacitors combined with Digital PWMs, DrMOS, and Ferrite chokes for solid performance, exceptional stability and best power efficiency under heavy use,” said Don Clegg, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Supermicro. “With AMI’s ESA for Aptio V we offer extensive configuration settings along with access to Supermicro proprietary controls, wrapped in a branded GUI delivering the sophisticated, user-friendly experience our customers expect.”

“ESA offers us the capability to move our setup look and feel into the 21st century,” said Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends. “Designed from the ground up for enhanced user experience with the flexibility for OEM customization, ESA offers unmatched branding and support for mouse and touch screen configuration options. The fact that a market leader like Supermicro is embracing the capability to provide differentiation and unique features in their BIOS Setup with ESA reinforces our conviction that this is a timely and effective offering for our OEM and ODM customers that will gain wide adoption quickly.”

About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and Green Computing is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

For more information on Supermicro Green Computing Solutions, visit www.Supermicro.com.

June 16, 2015:

NORCROSS, GA, USA - The sweetness of Android™ Lollipop isn’t just for Android devices anymore. With the latest version of AMIDuOS™, users can enjoy the latest and great Android apps – right on their Windows® 7.x or 8.x devices.

AMIDuOS, which delivers a full Android experience to Windows desktops, laptops or tablets, is available now in Beta for download from www.amiduos.com for a $10 lifetime license – with a 30–day free trial. It was created by American Megatrends, Inc., the number one BIOS vendor in the world by shipment volume.

“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.”

AMIDuOS 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 improvements in Android Lollipop including compatibility with Android’s new ART runtime, native support for 64-bit apps and improved A/V sync and higher-performance graphics and audio.

Why AMIDuOS?

Many Android apps are not available on the Windows 7/8 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!

Further, consumers who already paid for their app on the Android platform are often required to pay a second time to purchase the same app for Windows. Finally, 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.

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, apps 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 compatibility.

AMIDuOS 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. In addition, AMIDuOS can also be configured to share files with the Windows side, 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 also 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. In addition, gamepads are supported, 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."

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

BGR - “At just $10, the app is pretty affordable for a full-featured Android emulator."

Android Rundown - "if there was one app I would be happy to shell out significantly more than the asking price of $9.99 for, this is it."

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...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."

June 2, 2015:

  • Historic City Transforms Interdepartmental Business Processes – Reduces Latency, Simplifies File Sharing, Increases Flexibility and Reduces Overall Storage Costs

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced that that its high performance storage area network (SAN) storage appliances have been credited with “revolutionizing” the IT infrastructure of the City of Napoleon. Based 35 miles from Toledo, Ohio, and home to almost 9,000 residents, the City of Napoleon implemented the StorTrends SAN solution to help modernize its IT infrastructure while keeping costs down.

“Adding SAN to the City of Napoleon’s IT environment has completely transformed how business is done interdepartmentally,” said Dan Wachtman, MIS Administrator, City of Napoleon. “I would often lose sleep at night worrying about the data within the City of Napoleon’s IT environment. But now, I sleep comfortably knowing our data is fully protected thanks to the StorTrends SANs with their enterprise class snapshots and replication for disaster recovery.”

The IT department for the City of Napoleon is responsible for supporting the 19 departments that make up the city’s government infrastructure. Its combination Windows® and Linux® IT environment includes a myriad of physical servers from various vendors, as well as 25 HP and Citrix Virtual Servers, and Microsoft SQL Server databases.

Prior to deploying the StorTrends solution, the City of Napoleon outsourced most of its larger IT jobs. But as costs and demands continued to escalate, Wachtman, who has been involved in the city’s IT division for 15 years, recognized the need for a more efficient and cost-effective solution.

Some of the benefits that the city has experienced after making the transition to SAN include reduced latency, simplified file sharing, increased flexibility, easier storage deployment, and reduced overall storage costs. The City of Napoleon found that specific features of the StorTrends solution—such as snapshots and disaster recovery (DR)—were particularly helpful.

Wachtman added that the StorTrends support plan, StorAID, helped make the jump to SAN less challenging. “The technical support that we experienced was second to none—when we needed them they were there,” said Wachtman. “After experiencing this high level of service, I would tell anyone that there is no reason to buy any other competitive storage solution.”

“For organizations and institutions, like the City of Napoleon, StorTrends offers a multitude of configurations in all-flash, hybrid flash and spinning disk arrays to meet the requirements and budgets of all IT environments,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends Division at American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). “IT professionals that are interested in a price quote on the StorTrends SAN Arrays should check out our online Price Quote Generator for a hassle-free price quote.”

To learn more about the City of Napoleon and other StorTrends customers, please visit: 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.

June 2, 2015:

  • MegaRAC SP-X for POWER8 launched in support of TYAN's introduction of the world's first non-IBM branded OpenPOWER commercial server
  • Demonstrations of MegaRAC SP-X and MegaRAC XMS, a complete management solution for collaborative management of network attached devices, will be showcased at COMPUTEX TAIPEI June 2-6 in booth M1209A

NORCROSS, GA, USA - American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI), a leader in robust and reliable IT solutions for centralized and collaborative management within enterprise infrastructures, today announced it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture.

AMI joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology as well as industry-leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

AMI has been working with IBM and other OpenPOWER Foundation members like Tyan to develop enterprise server and networking solutions for next-generation data centers that integrate IBM POWER CPUs and AMI MegaRAC® Remote Management Firmware / Software Solutions.

MegaRAC® SP-X for POWER8 is a powerful development framework for server management solutions composed of firmware and software components, based on industry standards like IPMI 2.0, SMASH, Serial over LAN (SOL) and key serviceability features like remote presence, CIM profiles and advanced automation.

MegaRAC SP-X features a high level of modularity, with the ability to easily configure and build the firmware image by selecting features using an intuitive graphical development tool chain. These features are available in independently maintained packages, for superior manageability of the firmware stack.

“AMI has been a critical partner in the development of our POWER8-based platform, the TN71-BP012, which is based on the POWER8 Architecture and provides tremendous memory capacity as well as outstanding performance that fits in datacenter, big data or HPC environments,” said Albert Mu, Vice President of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. “We are excited that AMI has strengthened its commitment to the POWER8 ecosystem by joining the OpenPOWER Foundation.”

“Participating in OpenPOWER with IBM and founding partners such as TYAN will allow AMI to more rapidly engage as this market continues to grow, and will ensure our customers receive the industry’s most reliable and feature-rich platform management technologies,” said Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends. “As a market leader for core server firmware and management technologies, we are eager to assist these industry leaders enable data centers as they rethink their approach to technology.”

“The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is one that elicits collaboration and represents a new way in exploiting and innovating around processor technology,” said Brad McCredie, President of the OpenPOWER Foundation and IBM Fellow. “With the Power architecture designed for Big Data and Cloud, new OpenPOWER Foundation members like American Megatrends will be able to add their own innovations on top of the technology to create new applications that capitalize on emerging workloads.”

To learn more about OpenPOWER and to view the complete list of current members, go to www.openpowerfoundation.org.

To see a live demonstration of MegaRAC SP-X, including SP-X for POWER8 devices, as well as MegaRAC XMS, a complete management solution for collaborative management of network attached devices, please visit the AMI booth #M1209A in the Taipei World Trade Center’s Nangang Exhibition Hall during this year’s COMPUTEX TAIPEI, held from June 2-6 in Taipei, Taiwan.

About TYAN:
TYAN, as a leading server brand of Mitac Computing Technology Corporation under the MiTAC Group (TSE:3706), designs, manufactures and markets advanced x86 and x86-64 server/workstation board technology, platforms and server solution products. Its products are sold to OEMs, VARs, System Integrators and Resellers worldwide for a wide range of applications. TYAN enables its customers to be technology leaders by providing scalable, highly-integrated, and reliable products for a wide range of applications such as server appliances and solutions for high-performance computing and server/workstation used in markets such as CAD, DCC, E&P and HPC.

AMI IN THE NEWS

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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