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July 20, 2015:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, remote management, network data storage products and solutions for the Android™ operating system, is pleased to announce support for USB 3.0 controllers in the latest release of its AMIDebug™ for UEFI debugging solution for Aptio® V UEFI Firmware.

AMIDebug for UEFI from American Megatrends is a powerful software-based solution for debugging UEFI projects based on Aptio or the UEFI Shell, offering source-level symbolic (C and Assembler) debugging without the need for expensive JTAG hardware debug tools.

The latest AMIDebug for UEFI release, developed specifically for the company’s flagship Aptio V UEFI Firmware, adds support for USB 3.0 debug among other important features. These newly-added features signify a key development in the evolution of this debug software, since many chipsets now only support USB 3.0 (XHCI) and in many cases no longer incorporate older USB standards (EHCI) in their hardware designs, such as the Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8300 series processors.

What remains unchanged in AMIDebug for UEFI is its ability to facilitate firmware development for AMI OEM and ODM customers in unprecedented ways thanks to its deep integration into the entire UEFI development ecosystem. AMIDebug for UEFI continues to offer standard debugging features like Break, Step, Step Over, Step Into, Step, run to cursor and set next statement, in addition to UEFI-specific debugging features like Stop at Driver Name Entry, Stop at PEIM Name Entry, Stop at CheckPoint, Stop at beginning of PEI/DXE, SMM Debugging and disassembly view. Moreover, many different firmware development viewers are supported including memory, CPU registers, PCI Bus, call stack, I/O and Indirect I/O.

“As USB 3.0 devices are now a standard, universal feature of today’s desktop, notebook, server and ultra-mobile platforms, it is essential that our AMIDebug for UEFI software tool support this protocol to debug and optimize them,” said Stefano Righi, UEFI Board Member and Vice President of Engineering, BIOS/UEFI Tools and Utilities Division at American Megatrends.

Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends, noted that “by adding USB 3.0 support to AMIDebug for UEFI, we have reinforced the message to our customers that AMI is consistently focused on providing them with the most sophisticated, robust and current software debug tools on the market. Adding features like these empower our customers to streamline the platform development process and speed time to market – both key components of our corporate mission at AMI.”

For more information about the latest version of AMIDebug for UEFI software for Aptio V, the AMIDebug Rx handheld USB debug device, or Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please contact an AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY-AMI / +1-770-246-8600.

July 10, 2015:
  • StorTrends 3600i All-Flash Array Recognized for High Performance All-Flash Storage at the Most Affordable Price Point in the Industry

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 its StorTrends 3600i all-flash array (AFA) has received a Computer Technology Review Most Valuable Product (MVP) 2015 Award. Rigorously reviewed by the esteemed Computer Technology Review (CTR) editorial team across criteria that included product innovation, functionality and affordability, the StorTrends 3600i all-flash array stood out for its ability to unfailingly meet the requirements of the most performance-intensive applications, at the most affordable price-point in the industry.

Additionally, unlike any other flash storage vendor, StorTrends optimizes its all-flash arrays to suit the specific requirements of each environment via its patented StorTrends iDATA tool and StorTrends Dedupe tool. The StorTrends iDATA tool assesses each user’s unique storage requirements across such areas as performance, capacity utilization, IOPS, read vs. writes, network bandwidth, server statistics, etc. The StorTrends Dedupe tool runs on an existing database and will calculate the amount of data that can be deduped and compressed within the customers environment.

“After a careful review, we have identified a select group of innovative technology solutions that represent the standout leaders in their respective categories – solutions which we think should be at the top of every IT professional’s evaluation shortlist,” said Kim Kay, Associate Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, WestWorldWide, LLC, publishers of Computer Technology Review and IT Security Journal. “We congratulate StorTrends as a 2015 CTR MVP Award winner.”

"As CTR states in its StorTrends 3600i MVP Award description, ‘Until the StorTrends 3600i, the vast majority of customers have been shy of all-flash storage primarily due to cost’,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends. “However, as the MVP Award narrative continues to explain, based on the StorTrends 3600i’s pioneering features and functionality, its ability to meet the highest performance requirements, and its highly affordable price -- all backed by a service organization that is second to none, we indisputably secured this year’s MVP Award.” He continued, “We are indeed honored for this notable and highly coveted acknowledgment.”

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 Computer Technology Review (CTR)
WestWorldWide, LLC (formerly WestWorldProductions, Inc.) has been covering the best of IT since 1980. WestWorld’s flagship publication, Computer Technology Review (CTR), is one of the most respected editorial authorities in the IT industry. The CTR website boasts a devoted following and covers everything from IT security, cloud and virtualization to data storage, data protection and networking. To learn more, please visit: www.computertechnologyreview.com

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.

July 6, 2015:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA, USA / FRANKFURT, GERMANY - American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) is pleased to announce that its German subsidiary, American Megatrends International GmbH, together with Boston Server & Storage Solutions (GmbH) and Boston Ltd. (UK), will attend the upcoming ISC High Performance Conference from July 12 – 16, 2015 the Messe Frankfurt Convention Center in Frankfurt, Germany to provide live demonstrations of the new StorTrends® 3600i All-Flash SAN array. The ISC High Performance Conference is known for its world-class program, with over 300 academia and industry leaders tackling the most important issues of supercomputing, industry innovation and new technologies.

StorTrends, the data storage division of American Megatrends, offers traditional Spinning Disk, SSD Hybrid, and All-Flash Storage units at the most aggressive price points in the storage industry. All StorTrends units are shipped with an all-inclusive, enterprise-class feature set including Deduplication, Compression, Auto Data Tiering, Advanced Snapshots, Replication and more. Each unit also includes first-class service and technical support from StorAID™, the support division of StorTrends. And unlike most storage vendors, all storage devices in the StorTrends product line integrate seamlessly with each other - to provide users with the most customizable and cost-effective storage solution possible.

“Flash-based storage systems offer compelling performance benefits over traditional hard disk drive (HDD) storage systems, but until now have been too costly for many organizations,” said Justin Bagby, director of the StorTrends Division of American Megatrends. “Our storage arrays break that barrier by providing the right blend of high performance, high availability and scalability to meet enterprise application requirements at extremely affordable prices.”

American Megatrends looks forward to welcoming visitors and guests to Booth #1040 hosted by Boston Ltd. during the ISC High Performance Conference from July 12 - 16 to see the latest in StorTrends All-Flash innovation!

July 6, 2015:

  • Premier Designer and Manufacturer of Customized Motors for Battery-Powered Vehicles Replaces Tape-Based Backup with StorTrends Storage Area Network (SAN)

NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends® the world’s proven leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that Advanced Motors and Drives (AMD), a premier designer and manufacturer of customized motors for battery-powered vehicles, has deployed a StorTrends high-performance storage area network (SAN) across its primary and remote backup datacenters to support its continued growth and evolving product line.

In addition to serving industrial, recreational and utility vehicle manufacturers, AMD is also on the cutting edge of clean “green” motor manufacturing. Staffed by a team of hundreds of designers, engineers, IT professionals and administrative staff, its upstate New York design and manufacturing facilities are supported by primary and remote datacenters. These datacenters utilize a wide range of enterprise applications, across a heterogeneous infrastructure made up of Red Hat® Linux® servers, a BlackBerry® Enterprise server, and various IBM servers. In addition, AMD relies on Windows®-compatible Samba to help support and manage its end user desktop, laptop and printer environment. Until the StorTrends SAN deployment, AMD had relied almost exclusively on tape-based backup. However, as AMD continued to grow it recognized that not only was tape backup a resource draining process, they also faced the risk that if they should experience an outage or disaster event, their information and applications would be unavailable for an unacceptable period of time - if not lost forever.

“The tape backup approach became a bottleneck, so we created a rotating schedule to backup different applications on different days. But this led to periods of time when no backups existed for some apps,” explained Tom Flood, IT Manager at Advanced Motors and Drives.

To augment, disk-based backup was also used but not moved to a safe location until the tape backup was moved. Restoration was complicated and time consuming, and consequently avoided whenever possible. As this was not a long-term tenable solution, given the company’s rapid growth and business criticality of applications and information, Flood began the search for a technologically viable solution, which would also meet its stringent budget requirements. After a careful review of available solutions, and a successfully executed performance proof of concept (POC), Flood chose and deployed a StorTrends high performance SAN across its primary and remote datacenters.

“StorTrends, with its easy and intuitive GUI, makes SAN deployment and management really simple – we had it up and running in about 15 minutes,” said Flood. “You don’t need a special degree to create volumes in StorTrends. It’s completed in just a few clicks. And, with a few more clicks, you’ve got that same volume replicated safely offsite.”

AMD now has six thin provisioned volumes, since StorTrends allows for both thin and exact provisioning, for a total capacity of over 3.5 terabytes (TB). Each StorTrends has useable 11 TB capacity, including a hot spare drive. Data is now consistently replicated every day, with the StorTrends Snap-Assisted Replication (SAR) feature. With StorTrends SAR, an original point-in-time copy of data is first replicated; after that, only changed data is captured and replicated in order to expedite the backup process, reduce performance overhead, and eliminate backup storage redundancy.

“Whereas previously backup was a tedious chore that was time intensive, expensive, and less than reliable, StorTrends has provided AMD with a high performance solution for fast and consistent data backup, at a dramatically lower cost. For instance, a directory of thousands of product drawings in PDF format now takes just a couple seconds to be fully backed up – with future backups consisting of only the changes to these files,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends (AMI). “Moreover, StorTrends has provided AMD with the flexibility to grow its storage environment how and when it needs to, whether they require all-flash, hybrid flash or spinning disk to support their application and budgetary requirements.”

To learn more about Advanced Motors and Drives (AMD), a Nidec Corporation, StorTrends high performance SAN deployment, please read the case study found at: 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.

July 1, 2015:

NORCROSS, GA, USA - American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, remote management and network data storage solutions, is pleased to introduce a new solution for its flagship Aptio® V UEFI Firmware that is compatible with the NIST SP 800-155 “BIOS Integrity Measurement Guidelines”.

In its Special Publication 800-155, NIST outlines the fundamentals of BIOS integrity measurement. This description includes a method to determine if the BIOS has been modified as well as the method for reporting and mitigating attacks against the BIOS.

"These guidelines describe what is needed to establish a chain of trust for the BIOS," commented Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends. “In accordance with the NIST SP 800-155 guidelines, our Aptio V Firmware solution provides a means of generating and collecting the original BIOS measurements, called ‘the Golden Measurement Generation’, along with a means of storing the measurements that is either tamper-resistant or tamper-evident, called ‘the Collection Agent’ and a means of conveying the measurements to an analyzing agent, called the ‘Transmission and Reporting Agents’.”

“Our goal in developing a NIST SP 800-155 compatible solution for Aptio V was to demonstrate to our customers that AMI is deeply committed to developing the most secure and tamper-resistant UEFI solutions available in the market today,” he commented.

For more information about the NIST SP 800-155 guidelines and how they are incorporated in Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please contact an AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY-AMI / +1-770-246-8600.

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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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