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National Seating and Mobility Boosts Performance and Ensures Data Protection and High Availability

SSD Data Recovery
by Schill

NORCROSS, GA, Sep 03, 2015 – StorTrends®, 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 National Seating & Mobility (NSM), headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, has deployed StorTrends high performance storage in order to boost storage performance and ensure data protection, high availability (HA), and disaster recovery (DR).

Prior to implementing the StorTrends’ solution, NSM–which specializes in custom mobility, rehabilitation, and adaptive seating systems for those with physical challenges and disabilities–had experienced frequent disk failures that caused backup windows to run much longer than desired. This was due in part to the tremendous growth of the organization over the past 30 years from five locations to a national network of over 1,000 professional Assistive Technology Providers serving clients, therapists, and physicians across the United States. Of necessity, the IT environment expanded as well to include 75 TB of data, supported by 20 HP and Dell physical servers, 50 Hyper-V virtual servers, Dell and Cisco network switches, two Microsoft SQL Server databases, 100 MySQL databases, a custom built ColdFusion based in-house CRM, and a 2010 Microsoft Exchange server with 1,000 users all running in a Windows 7 and 8.1 environment.

With this data growth, NSM knew that its previous solution–a homegrown storage area network (SAN) consisting of multiple older disks for backup–would not suffice long-term. After researching various options, the IT department selected StorTrends high performance storage. StorTrends’ compatibility with Veeam software for onsite production data backup combined with high-speed replication capabilities to an offsite disaster recovery (DR) site were among its many selling points. This NSM took advantage of immediately by deploying a dual controller StorTrends SAN at its primary datacenter in Chattanooga with a mirror StorTrends SAN in Nashville to ensure fast and accurate backup and DR.

“We immediately felt the impact of having a solid backup system in place,” said Nathan Buck, NSM’s Network Manager. “StorTrends has definitely been a Â’set it and forget it’ kind of device. In the past we had disks that would frequently fail. StorTrends provides consistent performance.”

Buck cited additional benefits to using the new solution as well, including the fact that the StorTrends’ device is multi-purpose. While NSM is currently using it for a backup to disk solution, the organization could use it in the future as traditional SAN, or to run it alongside its existing backup system. Buck also credited StorAid™, the StorTrends technical support division, as part of the success of the solution. “The service and support experience has gone extremely well,” explained Buck. “Any time questions arise, they are there to answer our questions quickly and accurately.”
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The Ventana Group
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American Megatrends Launches New StorTrends 3500i SSD Array for Flexible, High Performance Storage for the Enterprise

NORCROSS, GA, January 29, 2014 American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) today announced the release of its StorTrends 3500i SSD Array, 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.

We observed in our hands-on Technology Validation of the StorTrends 3500i array that AMI 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 Sr. Analyst Jeff Boles 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.

The new StorTrends 3500i SSD Array features an embedded storage architecture, StorTrends iTX, to offer 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 56TB of raw 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.

To flexibly support SSD growth to match the dynamics of business, the StorTrends 3500i enables both SSD cache and SSD Tier upgrades. The scalable solution enables options to upgrade from 200GB SSD drives to 400GB, 800GB or 2000GB SSD drives without costly forklift upgrades. By running the free StorTrends iDATA tool, customers can easily identify how much flash is required to support their environment. The StorTrends iDATA tool analyzes capacity utilization, IOPS usage, reads vs. writes for volumes, network bandwidth, performance, server statistics and more to classify the amount of hot data and cold data required.

To help users maximize the value of the SSD technology, the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array combines caching and tiering on the SSD drives to provide the following benefits:
· Enhanced SSD Endurance by leveraging both cache and tier for writes and reads avoiding burning the cells of the SSD drives
· Sustained Latency Reduction from 10ms to sub-3ms for the hybrid configuration to sub-1ms for the all-flash configuration
· Automated Tiering allows for promoting critical data to higher performance SSDs, while demoting data between tiers during off-peak times to maintain SSD space utilization
· Auto Balance Volumes with ATV Technology on the SSD tier as data access trends change between hot and cold to effectively feed applications and databases that need higher performance
· Easy Growth Expansion for the SSD drives allowing for a simple upgrade path for cache and tier capacity growth avoiding forklift upgrades

When used in a virtual server environment, we have found the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array delivers superior performance, reliability and efficiency, end-to-end, said Jayesh Dave, CEO, Avision Technologies. It has helped us achieve new levels of management flexibility with a total ownership cost that is lower than we could have imagined. This efficient solution has also helped us to reduce energy consumption costs and because it integrates seamlessly with VMware Vsphere and Hyper-V we can deliver the flexible virtual server and virtual storage management options our customers both need and want.

The StorTrends 3500i SSD Array virtualizes SAN management via a web-based console to simplify SAN volume creation, expansion and deletion. Here, customers may manage datastores and VMs with ease and view overview data on the system’s capacity, health and many storage resource management charts.

Enterprises are demanding higher performance and availability to serve resource intensive applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure and heavy-transaction databases, and traditional disk arrays simply cannot meet the demand, said, Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends Division at American Megatrends. That is why we have taken our years of RAID expertise and more than 100 technology patents to build the next generation of storage solutions. The StorTrends 3500i SSD Array is the culmination of our innovation strategy which truly harnesses the power and performance of SSD to revolutionize storage performance, agility and savings.

Available now, the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array has an MSRP starting at $ 34,999. StorTrends solutions are offered with the StorAID support program which includes 24 x 7 technical phone support and next business day onsite replacement. The StorAID Plus Support Program adds 4 Hour On-Site to the Standard StorAID program. For more information, please visit: StorTrends 3500i .

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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 & local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today’s business environments by offering key network storage functionality such as unified storage, simplified management, business continuity, disaster recovery, high efficiency and virtualization support.

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Press Contact:
Sabrina Sanchez
The Ventana Group
Chantilly, VA
(925) 785-3014
ssanchez@theventanagroup.com
http://www.theventanagroup.com