SOURCE: greenBytes

September 15, 2008 08:30 ET

greenBytes Launches World's Most Efficient Storage System

Revolutionary New Ultra-Efficient Storage Appliance Cuts Energy Consumption by up to 80 Percent

WESTERLY, RI--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - greenBytes®, a developer of next-generation data storage solutions, today announced Cypress™, the most efficient data storage system available on the market. An ultra high-efficiency NAS (network attached storage) appliance for archiving long-term, persistent data, Cypress cuts the energy consumption associated with data storage by up to 80 percent, enabling corporations to manage their mission-critical information more economically, effectively and ecologically than ever before.

greenBytes innovation starts with a clean-slate design of a new file operating system, ZFS+®. ZFS+ represents one of the first proprietary products derived from Sun Microsystems' OpenSolari™ operating system. ZFS+ is the only enterprise-scale file system that has fundamental properties of storage efficiency: real-time de-duplication, block-level compression and intelligent power management.

greenBytes has combined an optimized version of Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire™ x4540 storage server with ZFS+ to deliver an innovative suite of storage technologies in one compact, inexpensive 4U package. The only system for data archiving built on a non-proprietary platform, Cypress brings together MAID (massive array of idle disks) technology and real-time data de-duplication to achieve dramatic reductions in the space, power, time and money required to store persistent data. In addition to supporting file sharing architectures for both Windows and Unix operating systems (CIFS/NFS), Cypress also supports iSCSI target protocols, making Cypress the world's first real-time, on-line de-duplicating SAN.

"With the introduction of Cypress, greenBytes joins a handful of other innovative vendors in the storage industry competing for the customer's dollar with offers of maximum capacity, minimum space utilization, and optimal power utilization," said Jeff Boles, senior analyst and director, validation services, The Taneja Group. "The difference is that Cypress' solution represents a giant leap forward by coupling together a number of technologies that are difficult to find in a single solution set. Individually, these technologies -- including a best-in-class file system with robust data protection, MAID, de-duplication, and wire-speed compression -- represent some of the most highly regarded innovations in the storage industry. By combining these together, Cypress' value proposition will be absolutely compelling compared to "either/or" offerings in the market, and will help customers maximize their capacity per dollar, realize tangible power and cooling benefits, and better execute their long-term storage strategies."

Cypress enables enterprises to realize more than just operational savings on energy -- they achieve reductions in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of right-sized power-efficient storage, including lower labor costs for administration and maintenance, lower hardware and software support costs by consolidation of tier-2 storage on a single application platform, and the ability to reduce or eliminate the need to upgrade facilities.

Key product features of the Cypress storage system include:

--  Real-Time In-Line De-Duplication, native to ZFS+, saves energy by
    reducing capacity requirements in the first place.
    
--  Power-State-Aware Disk Sets, which permit most disks in a large array
    to be in an energy-saving state with predictable performance and power
    efficiency.
    
--  Block-Level Compression, which achieves an average compression ratio
    of 2 to 1 on many common types of files, thus reducing capacity and related
    energy consumption by up to 50%.
    
--  Remote Replication, which automates the differential replication of
    individual users' file systems to network-attached Cypress filers.
    
--  Intuitive Interface, which greatly simplifies the setup, management
    and surveillance of storage.
    
--  CIFS/NFS High-Performance File-Sharing as well as iSCSI targets, makes
    it a snap for enterprise storage managers to administer user file access
    permissions in Windows and Unix environments alike.
    

"Cypress represents a breakthrough in the data storage industry," said Robert Petrocelli, CTO and co-founder of greenBytes. "With energy consumption rates -- and costs --soaring and physical space shrinking, a new approach is needed to keep up with the world's data storage needs. Cypress not only reduces power consumption by a factor of 5x, it also increases storage capacity."

greenBytes is now taking orders for Cypress, priced at $1 per effective GB (based on conservative storage efficiency estimates).

About greenBytes, Inc.

greenBytes, Inc., has developed the world's most efficient storage system that enables enterprises to manage their persistent data more economically, effectively and ecologically than ever before. greenBytes has leveraged its breakthrough proprietary software in combination with open technologies to create a storage solution that dramatically reduces power consumption and increases density, allowing companies to reduce the carbon footprint of their information. For more information, visit: www.green-bytes.com.

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