SOURCE: SMART Modular Technologies

SMART Modular Technologies

March 29, 2011 09:00 ET

SMART Modular Technologies' XceedIOPS SSDs and Xiotech's Hybrid ISE Team to Deliver an Innovative Storage Solution to the Enterprise

SMART's Enterprise-Grade SSDs Are Part of Xiotech's New Hybrid HDD/SSD Array

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - March 29, 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 Xiotech® Corporation is using SMART's enterprise-grade XceedIOPS serial-attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drives (SSDs) as part of its innovative Hybrid Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) line which combines traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs.

The Xiotech hybrid ISE delivers 14.4TB of dynamic hybrid storage that combines 2.5" 10K 900GB hard drives, SMART XceedIOPS SAS 2.5" 200GB SSDs, and on-board intelligence to maximize memory management in high-volume virtualized storage applications such as high-performance computing and cloud computing.

"We knew that the Hybrid ISE low-cost, leading-performance storage solution represented a major leap forward for the industry by taking the promise represented by SSDs and delivering it to customers in a way that didn't set back the efficiencies and reliability they had gained in their networked storage environments," said Alan Atkinson, CEO of Xiotech. "To accomplish this, we partnered with SMART, who not only shared our vision and view of true innovation, but also provided an industry-leading SSD solution. We have raised the bar on enterprise storage, as is evident by the overwhelming traction we've already gained in major enterprise accounts this year. I'm excited by what the future holds for our customers and the storage market at large."

By leveraging the performance and reliability benefits of SMART's XceedIOPS SAS SSDs, Xiotech's Hybrid ISE avoids the traditional challenges of balancing hybrid storage performance, capacity, and cost while ensuring availability. SMART's XceedIOPS SSDs are the industry's first SAS SSDs equipped with enterprise grade multi-level cell (E-MLC) NAND flash technology. They deliver a minimum endurance of 30,000 program/erase (P/E) cycles, satisfying the reliability expectations of this application segment. To ensure consistent performance and reliability, SMART's XceedIOPS SAS SSDs are equipped with extensive error-correction and detection capabilities, multi-level data-path and code protection, data-fail recovery, and a highly reliable discrete capacitor array for back-up power protection.

"Bringing solid state storage to the enterprise requires a unique combination of leading-edge technology and customer support," said John Scaramuzzo, SMART's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Business Unit. "We are enthusiastic about supplying our products through innovative partners like Xiotech, who are developing storage solutions that are ahead of the curve and designed to extract the full set of capabilities from our XceedIOPS SSDs. We look forward to sustaining and expanding our relationship with Xiotech as they continue to redefine the value/performance paradigm for enterprise storage."

Optimized to deliver enterprise-class storage solutions at a cost-effective price point, the XceedIOPS SAS SSDs are currently shipping in volume quantities. SMART's XceedIOPS SSD product line will be on display at Storage Networking World (Santa Clara, CA), booth #417, from April 4-7, 2011. Visit for more information.

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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 for more information.

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