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Starboard Storage Systems Brings True Hybrid Storage to SME Customers, New AC Series Extends SSD Performance Benefits to More Customers

July 15, 2012

Starboard Storage Systems, the leader in hybrid storage for modern application workloads, today announced the introduction of the Starboard Storage AC45 expanding the Starboard Storage AC Series. The Starboard Storage AC Series brings solid state performance and expert storage capabilities within the reach of Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) IT professionals managing modern application workloads.

Broomfield, CO (PRWEB) July 16, 2012

Starboard Storage Systems, the leader in hybrid storage for modern application workloads, today announced the introduction of the Starboard Storage AC45 expanding the Starboard Storage AC Series. The Starboard Storage AC Series brings solid state performance and expert storage capabilities within the reach of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) IT professionals managing modern application workloads.

Hybrid storage is the architecture for the next decade. Today, Starboard Storage´s Mixed Application Storage Tiering (MAST) architecture sets the standard. True hybrid storage systems virtualize SSD resources for performance acceleration, deliver a single easy-to-manage pool of hard disk drive resources and support multiple protocols including CIFS, NFS, Fibre Channel and iSCSI. This combination enables consolidated applications to take advantage of performance as a utility, capacity on demand and breakthrough simplicity and control. All these features work together to provide compelling total cost of ownership. Starboard Storage is the only company delivering on the full spectrum of hybrid storage requirements.

“Starboard´s MAST architecture is the right architecture for the next decade,” said Victor Walker, chief executive officer of Starboard Storage Systems. “The AC Series takes the guess work out of performance by providing simple, efficient data consolidation onto a single high-performance storage system that handles the dynamic requirements of unpredictable application workloads.”

“With the AC Series, Starboard Storage Systems is addressing critical SME storage needs by reducing the complexity of managing storage while introducing an advanced storage architecture,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst of Enterprise Strategy Group. “Administrative complexity is cut while delivering higher quality of service. This should be a very appealing solution.”

The new Starboard AC45 Storage System brings the performance of solid state storage to more customers. Starting at $39,995 MSRP, the AC45 comes standard with the SSD Accelerator Tier, 12TB of storage capacity and built-in 1Gb networking and is ideal for current iSCSI storage customers looking for a performance boost for their applications. Customers can simply increase both capacity and performance at any time by adding to their Dynamic Storage Pool or SSD Accelerator Tier on the fly. The AC45 supports SAN and NAS and customers can upgrade networking to 10Gb Ethernet or 8Gb Fibre Channel. Maximum expansion is 78TB.

The new models of the Starboard Storage AC72 feature up to 33% more capacity and 100% more read and write SSD cache standard than previous models increasing performance and lowering the cost per GB. The AC72 is the ideal consolidation platform for SMEs looking to lower their storage footprint and increase performance for their critical applications. The AC72 supports both SAN and NAS and offers an optional combination of 1Gb, and 10Gb Ethernet and 8Gb Fibre Channel. Depending on the AC72 model, capacity can be expanded to over half a Petabyte making it ideal for fixed content applications. This results in tremendous saving in energy and space consumption for customers.

Starboard Storage Hybrid Architecture:

The Starboard Storage AC45 and Starboard Storage AC72 are designed to provide a balance of performance of Solid State Disk drives with the capacity of SAS drives. The SSD Accelerator Tier virtualizes solid state resources and provides performance as a utility to multiple applications by utilizing intelligent caching and data movement. The SSD Accelerator Tier is uniquely optimized to boost performance for both reads and writes and handles the dynamic requirements of unpredictable application workloads delivering performance on demand.

Starboard Storage´s hybrid storage capacity is tuned for each workload. Administrative complexity is cut by eliminating the concept of RAID groups. With the AC Series there is no complex RAID group setup or management, no meta-LUN management, no protocol layering, no lengthy re-builds or re-striping and no need for system re-boots and manual data layouts.

The AC Series´ capacity can be expanded on-the-fly with automatic load balancing across new drives as they are added. Drive speeds and capacities can be mixed and matched within Starboard Storage AC Series*. Performance and capacity are expanded as drive shelves and drives are added. The AC72 provides up to half a PB of storage. Both AC Series platforms feature an all-inclusive licensing model that includes thin provisioning, replication, snapshots, clones and space reclamation.

Starboard Storage Systems distributes its products through a network of high impact value-added reseller partners that share the goal of bringing hybrid storage solutions to market and into SME companies. The Starboard Storage AC72 and AC45 Systems are available now. For more information contact sales@starboardstorage.com

About Starboard Storage Systems:

Starboard Storage tackles the toughest storage problem facing Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) IT administrators today – managing today´s application workloads that include unstructured, virtualized and structured data. Starboard Storage AC Series delivers on the promise of sophisticated yet easy-to-manage hybrid storage for multiple application workload environments. Starboard´s Dynamic Storage Pool and SSD Accelerator Tier deliver industry leading performance for less.

*The AC45 only supports 7200 RPM NL-SAS Drives. The AC72 supports both 7200 RPM NL-SAS and 15K SAS.

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