SOURCE: SMART Storage Systems

SMART Storage Systems

February 26, 2013 11:00 ET

Nexenta Certifies SMART Storage Systems' Optimus SSD

Industry-Leading Enterprise-Class SAS SSD Improves Performance of Storage Appliances Leveraging NexentaStor Software Platform While Lowering the Cost per Terabyte Written

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 26, 2013) - SMART Storage Systems, an innovative enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) technology provider, today announced that Nexenta, the leader in software-defined storage solutions for the enterprise, has certified the company's Optimus SSD. An industry-leading, enterprise-class SSD utilizing the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s interface, the SMART Storage Systems Optimus improves performance of NexentaStor-enabled storage appliances while lowering the total cost per Terabyte Written (TBW) for enterprise applications through enhanced endurance.

"SSDs play a very critical role in most of Nexenta's deployments, therefore we continue to research, test and certify upcoming SSDs," said Jim Fitzgerald, vice president of business development at Nexenta. "We are proud to partner with SMART Storage Systems because it gives our customers an additional choice when selecting enterprise class SSDs for their Nexenta configurations."

A fully featured NAS/SAN software platform, NexentaStor is designed to make data storage more cost-effective by enabling organizations to leverage industry standard hardware rather than proprietary systems. The NexentaStor software platform improves storage performance by offering a complete lineup of software features including inline deduplication, unlimited snapshots and cloning, unlimited file size and high-availability support. When paired with SMART Storage Systems' Optimus SAS SSD, data storage systems can achieve consistent high-performance when compared to legacy storage systems. In addition, the Optimus decreases the cost of high-performance storage by enhancing the endurance of multi-level cell (MLC) Flash, allowing for the lowest cost per TBW for mixed workload and write intensive enterprise applications.

The combination of the Optimus SAS SSD and NexentaStor software platform will be on display as part of the Boston Igloo NX Series Solid State Appliance (SSA) in the SMART Storage Systems booth (Hall 2, Stand E57) during the upcoming CeBIT 2013 conference. The Boston Igloo NX Series SSA leverages the revolutionary ZFS file system to deliver previously proprietary storage features at no extra cost, while supporting capacities up to 1.6TB per SSD slot, allowing it to achieve up to 38.4TB of raw SSD storage in a single 2U storage unit. Utilizing cost-effective, high capacity Optimus SAS SSDs for mass storage, the Boston Igloo NX Series SSA leverages high-speed caching and auto tiering features to increase SAN performance.

"Our customers require high-throughput, high-capacity storage solutions to support the datasets bogging down their data centers," said Manoj Nayee, managing director at Boston Ltd. "The Optimus SSD with NexentaStor software allow our Igloo NX Series to take performance to a whole other level without requiring the use of higher-cost components and hardware. This enables us to not only meet the performance-related requirements of our customers, but their budget restrictions as well."

The Optimus SAS SSD is designed to meet the demands of enterprise and other high-performance computing environments, delivering random read/write performance up to 100K/50K IOPS and sustained transfer rates in excess of 500MB/s. Leveraging SMART Storage Systems' Guardian Technology Platform™, a proprietary suite of enterprise features and endurance enhancement technologies which enable the Optimus SAS SSD to achieve 10 full random drive writes per day for a period of five years with consumer-grade MLC Flash, resulting in a lower cost per TBW. The Optimus SAS SSD comes equipped with SMART Storage Systems' third generation backup power circuit technology, full data path protection, data fail recovery, thermal monitoring and AES 256-bit encryption. The Optimus SAS SSD is available in capacities ranging from 200GB to 1.6TB.

"Storage architects are redesigning the data center to take advantage of Flash-based storage," said John Scaramuzzo, president of SMART Storage Systems. "Our Optimus SSD was designed to provide industry-leading performance and endurance from the lowest-cost MLC Flash. When combined with the NexentaStor software platform, data center managers can raise the bar on performance, while lowering the bar on cost, resulting in the best value proposition for any enterprise application."

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About SMART Storage Systems

SMART Storage Systems is a technology leader in the design, development and deployment of current and next-generation enterprise solid-state storage products. Combining leading-edge, enterprise-class design and proven world-class support, SMART Storage Systems leverages its deep expertise in Flash and enterprise storage technology. SMART Storage Systems delivers high-quality, high-reliability solutions to a broad customer base including tier one storage and server OEMs. In support of these designs, SMART Storage Systems provides award-winning innovations in solid-state storage technology, such as NAND high-endurance Guardian™ technology, to a variety of customers in the enterprise storage, enterprise server, data center, defense and industrial markets. SMART Storage Systems is part of the SMART family of global companies. See for more information.

About SMART Worldwide Holdings

The SMART family of global companies are leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of electronic subsystems for the most demanding OEMs around the world. The SMART companies have led the way over the past 23 years providing standard and custom products to today's leading global OEMs crossing all major electronic industries. These industries include PC, enterprise and industrial servers, networking, telecom, defense, aerospace, gaming and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART Modular Technologies has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART Storage Systems offers high-performance, high-capacity SSDs for enterprise storage, enterprise server, data center, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management and supply-chain management worldwide. See for more information.