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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.

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.

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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
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