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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.

November 24, 2014:

  • Resiliency, Redundancy, Lightning-Fast Performance and an Unbeatable Price Combine with Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Integration to Make StorTrends the Perfect Catch

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced that National Fish & Seafood, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of seafood to distributors, retailers and restaurants, has deployed a StorTrends high performance storage area network (SAN) to ensure the resiliency and protection of its data, and consequently, its business.

National Fish & Seafood’s value to its customers and partners is directly related to its ability to not only provide the highest quality and freshest seafood, but in its consistent delivery of the highest levels of customer service. In order to help ensure these goals, National Fish & Seafood utilizes an immense implementation of Infor Adage ERP software to support its team at its headquarters office in Gloucester, Massachusetts, manage hundreds of transactions each day, control a highly sophisticated supply chain with hundreds of touch points, product SKUs, etc., as well as to support its buyers across the globe in managing thousands of supplier and partner records. Together, these systems and activity create a veritable sea of data, which can be as slippery as a freshly caught flounder to manage.

In order to help streamline management of its front office operations, National Fish & Seafood recently updated portions of its physical server infrastructure into a virtual environment. Along with easing the management burden, additional goals identified were to increase data protection and resiliency, as well as reduce cost. National Fish & Seafood then turned its attention to finding a data storage solution that would support these goals.

Working with Prevare, a leading end-to-end IT solutions provider, National Fish & Seafood evaluated a number of potentially viable solutions. In the end, StorTrends stood out and was chosen for its superior features and functionality, as well as its price. The StorTrends storage arrays, which were deployed utilizing two single controller units in a high availability (HA) configuration (SAN), delivered the required levels of resiliency, redundancy and failover protection, as well as automatic data tiering and Zoned Bit Recording for performance, an easy to manage interface via its ManageTrends™ GUI, and certified integration with Microsoft Hyper-V.

“When we sat down with Prevare to review options, it became clear that StorTrends was the right choice for our business,” said Andrew Marenghi, IT Director at National Fish & Seafood. “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. A true value.”

“The StorTrends HA configuration has lived up to its promise – its failover capabilities have been tested and met the challenge perfectly – allowing National Fish & Seafood to recover virtually instantly and maintain service availability,” said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. “And because I/O performance remains lightning fast and creating new volumes via ManageTrends is easier than ever, National Fish & Seafood can efficiently and cost effectively manage its high volume workload environments and consequently maintain its uncompromising levels of customer service.”

“We are very happy with our StorTrends investment,” concluded Marenghi. “I’m completely satisfied with its performance and ease of management with the software GUI, as well as the fact that it works seamlessly with Hyper-V. And now the array is truly battle-tested. Of course, we are also delighted with the cost reduction we have seen since implementing the StorTrends arrays.”

To read more about National Fish & Seafood, and other StorTrends customers, 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.

November 5, 2014:

  • StorTrends’ Steak & Storage Roadshow Comes to South Carolina and North Carolina

NORCROSS, GA: Responding to the continued demand for its Steak & Storage seminar series, during which datacenter professionals learn how all-flash and hybrid flash storage can enable them to accelerate application performance without breaking the bank, StorTrends® today announced the extension of these popular events to South Carolina and North Carolina. From financial institutions to healthcare organizations to universities to manufacturing plants, datacenter professionals across virtually every industry will learn the pros and cons of disk-based, hybrid and full-flash storage as well as how to meet requirements for fast, accurate and secure access while still ensuring data protection, disaster recovery (DR), and scalability.

Where/When:

To review the 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 herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

November 3, 2014:

  • StorTrends High Performance Storage Serves as the Core of the University’s Transportation Services Virtualized Infrastructure

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® today announced that the University of Maryland’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) has selected StorTrends high-performance storage arrays to be the core of its newly implemented virtual infrastructure. With StorTrends, the University’s DOTS organization has been able to achieve ultra-high storage performance, true storage tiering, data deduplication and archiving, with a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) at a very reasonable price.

Serving over 37,000 students and 13,000 staff, as well as hundreds of daily visitors, the University of Maryland’s DOTS in College Park, MD is responsible for the day-to-day management of every single campus parking spot and the university’s fleet of more than 60 Shuttle-UM transit service vehicles. To support these valued student services, DOTS uses a number of innovative technology solutions to help streamline key processes, such as the management of university parking permits. The University of Maryland DOTS was among the first campuses in the country to implement a virtual permit system, which uses the vehicle’s license plate as its permit. To support this process, it uses license plate recognition cameras which are mounted to enforcement trucks to scan license plates to ensure they are properly parked in the correct lots. After analyzing the data in real-time, the system can alert operators when it fails to find a license plate match so that a citation can be issued.

This elaborate parking enforcement system requires a healthy amount of storage capacity and performance to remain at optimal productivity. To support the system, the University of Maryland DOTS has recently virtualized ninety percent of its infrastructure using VMware®. Today, it is comprised of 17 VMware ESX virtual servers, two physical HP servers and several Microsoft® SQL databases to support DOTS-specific shared drives and directories, the DOTS website and a host of other applications and systems, including its parking permit operations.

Until recently, the organization used an expensive SAN solution which lacked a GUI that was easy to navigate and use. As storage capacity requirements for the DOTS system continued to grow at a rapid pace, the organization determined that a more cost-efficient storage solution was required. The new solution needed to deliver major enterprise-class features together with an easy-to-use GUI. That’s when the University of Maryland DOTS discovered StorTrends.

“StorTrends was the perfect fit for my environment,” said Tim Robinson, DOTS IT Coordinator and Systems Administrator, University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services. “They had literally every single feature I was looking for: tiered storage, data dedupe and archiving, innovative data replication and WAN optimization - everything. Then, when I got the final bid, I was literally blown away. I couldn’t believe I was getting all of this capability for the price on the SOW.”

Since implementing StorTrends, the University of Maryland DOTS has migrated its VM LUNS from their legacy storage array to the StorTrends solution. The process has been seamless, eased by the highly usable GUI and VMware Plugin. Now the department benefits from exceptional processing speeds and hasn’t even come close to touching top-end CPU/memory. Future plans for the department include purchasing additional StorTrends storage arrays to support a secondary disaster recovery site.

“StorTrends is ideally suited for organizations like the University of Maryland DOTS that have a high demand virtual infrastructure which needs reasonably-priced enterprise-class storage,” said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. “There is no reason that an organization needs to compromise on performance or functionality just to meet budget restrictions. With StorTrends we pack in all the features organizations need while keeping costs low."

To read more about the University of Maryland DOTS, and other StorTrends customers, 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.

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Distributed Management Task Force
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Open Compute Project
PCI SIG
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Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
USB Implementers Forum
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