SOURCE: SMART Modular Technologies

SMART Modular Technologies

April 05, 2011 09:00 ET

SMART Modular Technologies Enterprise SSD Delivers Flexible Storage, Power Savings for IBM® eX5 Servers

IBM's Unique eXFlash Storage Technology Uses SMART SSDs and Can Lower Storage Costs by 97%

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. ("SMART" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of solid-state storage products and memory modules, today announced that IBM is using the SMART XceedIOPS 1.8" SATA SSD in its eX5 server family.

IBM's unique eXFlash feature, a next-generation, enterprise-grade flash storage technology, replaces hundreds of disk drives and thousands of cables and wires, and can provide more than a 20x improvement in transaction performance over traditional disk drives. Current eX5 servers include the SMART XceedIOPS SATA 1.8" 50GB SSD for system boot functions and the XceedIOPS SATA 1.8" 200GB SSD for storage. Each eX5 server can support up to twenty-four XceedIOPS SATA 1.8" SSDs, resulting in significant power and footprint savings as compared to the use of an array of hard disks. SMART is demonstrating its XceedIOPS SATA 1.8" SSD in an IBM eX5 server equipped with the eXFlash feature at the Storage Networking World (SNW) conference this week.

Manufactured using enterprise-grade multi-level cell (E-MLC) NAND flash technology, SMART's XceedIOPS SATA SSD provides high endurance, ensuring a minimum five-year lifetime. The XceedIOPS SATA SSD also features PowerGuard™ technology, SMART's proprietary technology for back-up power protection and high reliability in the event of power failure, providing improved performance as compared to the super-capacitor designs used by traditional SSDs.

"IBM's new SATA SSDs deliver high levels of reliability and performance as well as a small footprint to IBM's eXFlash storage system," said Alex Yost, Vice President of System x and BladeCenter Servers, IBM. "This enhances the innovation and client value of our eX5 servers."

The SMART XceedIOPS 1.8" SATA SSD is available with capacity ranging from 50 to 400GB, supporting a wide range of computing needs. Maximizing the bandwidth limits of the SATA 3Gb interface, the XceedIOPS SATA 1.8" SSDs deliver up to 250MB/s sequential read/write speeds and up to 30,000 random input/output operations per second (IOPS). Designed with industry-leading error-correction technologies, these SSDs provide an optimal solution for applications that require high endurance, data integrity, and high capacity at low cost.

"We are very pleased that the XceedIOPS SSD was selected for this Tier-1 enterprise application and that it is part of this impressive, forward-looking design by IBM," said John Scaramuzzo, SMART's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Business Unit. "The IBM eX5 enterprise server line is an ideal application for our XceedIOPS SSD, which delivers high-performance enterprise-grade storage. Each eXFlash replaces 80 JBODs, each of which includes multiple disks and other components that all require cabling. This new implementation can result in lowering storage costs by 97%."

SMART's XceedIOPS 1.8" SATA SSD is in mass production and is available in volume quantities. It is also shipping in volume in the IBM eX5 servers. For more information on the SMART XceedIOPS product line, visit http://www.smartm.com.

This week at SNW, SMART is demonstrating XceedIOPS 1.8" SATA SSD performance inside an IBM eX5 server equipped with the eXFlash feature. SNW is being held April 4-7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. SMART will be exhibiting in booth # 417 on the show floor.

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The Company operates in a continually changing business environment and new factors emerge from time to time. The Company cannot predict such factors, nor can it assess the impact, if any, from such factors on the Company or its results. Accordingly, our future results may differ materially from projections and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. These forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company does not currently intend, and has no obligation, to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

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About SMART
SMART is a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs. SMART offers more than 500 standard and custom products to OEMs engaged in the computer, enterprise, industrial, networking, gaming, telecommunications, defense, aerospace and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART also offers high performance, high capacity solid-state drives, or SSDs, for enterprise, 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 www.smartm.com for more information.

The Company operates in a continually changing business environment and new factors emerge from time to time. The Company cannot predict such factors, nor can it assess the impact, if any, from such factors on the Company or its results. Accordingly, our future results may differ materially from projections and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. These forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company does not currently intend, and has no obligation, to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

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The SMART logo and word marks are the trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Modular Technologies, (WWH), Inc. or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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