SOURCE: SMART Storage Systems

June 12, 2013 08:00 ET

SGI Certifies SMART Storage Systems' CloudSpeed 500 SSD

SGI to Leverage Industry-Leading CloudSpeed Enterprise-Class SSD to Improve Performance and Reliability of Storage Appliances

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2013) - SMART Storage Systems, an innovative enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) technology provider, today announced that SGI, a trusted leader in technical computing, has certified the company's CloudSpeed 500 SSD for use in its storage appliances. SGI selected the CloudSpeed 500 SSD for certification because of its high performance, reliability features, and use of endurance enhanced multi-level cell (MLC) Flash, providing the industry's best cost per Terabyte Written (TBW).

"Every one of our customers is looking for higher performance from their storage. However, adding IOPS isn't enough -- the drive must be able to withstand enterprise workloads without burning out before the warranty is up," said Jose Reinoso, vice president of storage engineering at SGI. "The CloudSpeed SSDs not only bring great performance to our storage appliances, but also bring high reliability and the ability to withstand common enterprise workloads, giving our customers what they require to drive their businesses further."

To address growing data sets, many enterprise organizations are seeking the improved throughput that SSDs provide. Trying to maximize their storage budget, many organizations unknowingly deploy low-cost, client-class SSDs that are not designed for the write-intensive and mixed workloads typical of enterprise applications. Over time, the performance and latency of these drives is significantly impacted as the controller works harder to correct errors. Furthermore, because client-class drives do not have enterprise reliability features, and leverage standard MLC Flash, they quickly burnout under enterprise workloads which can severely impact the business as data is corrupted.

Certified for use across numerous SGI storage appliance platforms, the CloudSpeed 500 is a Serial ATA (SATA) 6GB/s SSD that delivers consistent performance of up to 500/500MB/s sustained read/write performance and up to 60K/20K random IOPS for the entirety of the five year warranty period. Leveraging the Guardian Technology Platform, a proprietary suite of enterprise features and enterprise-class endurance enhancement technologies, the CloudSpeed 500 SSD delivers industry-leading endurance reaching up to 1,024TBW. The result is the lowest cost per TBW in the industry, and the ability for organizations to avoid the need to constantly rip-and-replace SSDs. In addition, the CloudSpeed 500 SSDs come equipped with a full line of enterprise features, including SMART Storage Systems' third generation backup power circuitry technology, full data path protection, data fail recovery, thermal monitoring and AES 256-bit encryption.

"Far too often, we meet with organizations that have already deployed client-class SSDs in their data center, and are seeing their storage TCO skyrocket," said John Scaramuzzo, president of SMART Storage Systems. "The CloudSpeed SSD gives the enterprise the best of all worlds, industry-leading performance and reliability at the lowest cost per TBW in the market. Our relationship with SGI will allow us to expand our reach within the enterprise storage market, and help organizations of all sizes meet their storage needs and keep their costs in check."

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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.