SOURCE: SMART Storage Systems

SMART Storage Systems

August 20, 2012 08:01 ET

SMART Storage Systems to Demonstrate Industry's Highest Capacity and Performance Enterprise SSD at Flash Memory Summit 2012

Company Will Showcase 2.5" Optimus 1.6TB SAS SSD With Sustained Transfer Rate of 1GB/s; Company Also to Present on Current and Next-Generation Trends at Leading Industry Conference

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - SMART Storage Systems, an innovative and rapidly emerging enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) technology provider, will showcase the industry's highest performing, largest capacity enterprise-class SSD at this week's Flash Memory Summit. Available with up to 1.6TB of useable capacity, the SMART Storage Systems Optimus Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 2.5" SSD delivers a 1GB/s sustained transfer rate, while also achieving the industry's highest endurance from consumer-grade multi-level cell (MLC) Flash.

"OEMs and enterprise organizations have seen the power of SSD technology, however are often forced to make sacrifices between performance, capacity or endurance," said John Scaramuzzo, president of SMART Storage Systems. "The Optimus SSD is a game changer. In it, enterprise organizations and OEMs get the industry's highest combination of performance, capacity and endurance, meaning they can deploy a single drive to meet all of their storage requirements."

The Optimus SSD delivers sustained read performance of 1GB/s in wide-port mode and random read/write performance up to 100K/50K IOPS, and is available in useable capacities from 200GB - 1.6TB. The Optimus SSD is equipped with SMART Storage Systems' Guardian Technology Platform, a proprietary suite of enterprise features and endurance enhancement technologies that enable more cost effective MLC Flash to be maximized for mixed-workload and write-intensive applications. The Guardian Technology Platform is made up of the FlashGuard™, EverGuard™ and DataGuard™ technologies. FlashGuard, an innovative combination of Aggregated Flash Management and Advanced Signal Processing technologies, enables commercial MLC flash to achieve higher endurance levels, making it suitable for the enterprise environment. With FlashGuard, the Optimus SSD is able to achieve 10 random drive writes per day for a period of five years. DataGuard and EverGuard technologies ensure data integrity and drive reliability are never compromised, satisfying the demanding reliability requirements of Tier-1 enterprise storage applications.

SMART Storage Systems to Address Current and Future Trends during Flash Memory Summit
At this week's Flash Memory Summit, SMART Storage Systems will present on current and future industry trends during one of the conference's keynotes and three technology presentations, lead an expert table session on MLC Flash, and demonstrate industry-leading technology form the company's booth (#300). Held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., from August 21 - 23, 2012, the Flash Memory Summit is the industry's preeminent event dedicated to Flash technology.

SMART Storage Systems President, John Scaramuzzo, will host Keynote 4: "Flash Storage Meets the Content Challenge" on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 11 - 11:30 a.m. PDT. In this session, Scaramuzzo will discuss managing NAND Flash at the system-level to achieve greater endurance in SSDs. AT&T Conference TV will film the keynote presentation and post a video three to four weeks after the keynote presentation. To view the keynote presentation, please visit

Bernie Rub, SMART Storage Systems' vice president and CTO, is scheduled to speak in Tutorial C-11: "Enterprise SSDs (SSDs Track)" on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 8:30 - 11:25 a.m. PDT. During his presentation, Rub will present on the demise of single-level cell (SLC) Flash and the recent advancements in MLC Flash that make it suitable for enterprise environments. SMART Storage Systems' Principal Engineer, Jim Fitzpatrick, will speak at Tutorial F-21: Testing/ Performance/ Endurance (Testing Track) on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 8:30 to 10:50 a.m. (PDT). Fitzpatrick will discuss "The Impact of Dwell on Flash Reliability," presenting real-world test results. With more than 15 years of experience in the Flash industry, Esther Spanjer, the company's director of SSD technical marketing will present Tutorial C-12: SSD Technology on the topic, "Is MLC Ready for the Enterprise?" The tutorial is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. (PDT). Spanjer will also lead an expert table discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. discussing "MLC Flash."

For more information about Flash Memory Summit, please visit SMART Storage Systems will showcase its Optimus SSD in various demonstrations at booth #300. Exhibit hall hours are available on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PDT, as well as Thursday, Aug. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. PDT. 

For more information about SMART Storage Systems, please visit the company's website at, the company's blog at, or find us on Twitter at @SMARTSSD.

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 Holdings family of global companies. See for more information.

About SMART Worldwide Holdings
The SMART family of 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, 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.