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May 20, 2010 11:40 ET

Solid Access Introduces Flash SSD Appliances for NAS Market; Announces U.S. Patent Award

Ultra High Performance Storage Vendor Adds Offering for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Market; Innovative Open Architecture Approach Receives Patent

NEWBURYPORT, MA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) -  Solid Access Technologies today announced its first offering in the Flash (NAND) Solid State Disk marketplace. The Universal Network-Attached Storage (UNAS) device builds on the company's successful Universal Solid State Disk (USSD) DRAM SSD products to provide outstanding performance and reliability for Flash SSD implementations supporting NAS infrastructures. 

Until now, organizations using NAS-based storage have been limited to "add in" Flash drives to existing RAID enclosures or MLC-based offerings for their Ethernet-based infrastructure. Solid Access is changing the equation by offering a purpose-built 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) solution for truly high performance NAS-based application requirements. Providing 1.2 or 2.4 TB of available storage capacity in a 2U rack-mount enclosure, the Solid Access UNAS 100 Series storage solution provides up to 1,000 MB/s bandwidth performance. 

"With the increasing adoption of 10GbE, the higher performance of SSD over traditional disk-based storage now provides practical relevance for IOPS and bandwidth-hungry applications for Ethernet-based networks," said Storage Strategies NOW, Senior Analyst James E. Bagley.

As an eight year provider of DRAM SSD technology, operating in demanding 24x7 installations worldwide, Solid Access UNAS devices employ SLC Flash storage modules for sustained, predictable throughput and superior reliability over MLC technology. In addition, each UNAS appliance comes standard with either 64 GB (1.2 TB capacity) or 96 GB (2.4 TB capacity) of DRAM cache, for additional performance in mixed Read/Write scenarios and added Flash drive Write protection. To best match workload requirements, UNAS appliances can be adjusted to the optimal Read/Write mix to most effectively utilize the on board DRAM Cache.

SOLID ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVES U.S. PATENT AWARD 

Solid Access Technologies has been awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office covering our Universal Solid State Disk products. The patent on our DRAM Solid State Disk technology recognizes its innovative use of standardized architecture and components.

Previous generations of DRAM SSD technology embrace proprietary architecture and hardware components, meaning R&D expenditures for on-going hardware and software integration efforts, and internal hardware itself, have added significant costs and, potentially, suspect reliability of custom engineered and manufactured internal components.

Solid Access's breakthrough, beginning with initial design in 2002, and product introduction in 2003, has been to conceptualize, design, develop and revise an open architecture approach for DRAM SSD storage offerings, employing compact, flexible firmware to integrate commercially available hardware components into ultra high performance storage sub-systems tabbed I/O Accelerators. 

This leap in DRAM SSD architecture serves two key advantages: 1) Drive down the cost of the fastest storage technology currently in production worldwide; 2) Provide an architecture than can rapidly adapt to, and integrate with, technological changes in the overall market. 

While other storage technologies have been receiving the lion's share of publicity recently, no one is claiming any storage performance capabilities that can beat DRAM SSD in a head to head comparison. Additionally, customers have stated to Solid Access their USSD devices are faster than any other vendors' products tested, using the same or different storage technology approaches, meaning Solid Access can lay claim to offering the fastest storage products in the world via customer benchmarks. 

"Organizations are continuing to adopt or add additional capacity to their DRAM SSD investments for mission critical, 'succeed or fail' uses requiring sustained, predictable performance. In this way, DRAM SSD is still the king of performance for OLTP and other write-intensive workloads ingesting high data volumes," said Solid Access Managing Partner, Tomas Havrda. 

For more information on Solid Access, please dial (877) SAT-USSD or view online at solidaccess.com. Press members may also access our press kit at Press Kit site.

About Solid Access 

Based in Newburyport, Mass., privately held Solid Access Technologies was incorporated in 2002, with a mission to lead the ultra-fast SSD category by adhering to a philosophy of reliance on industry standards in both sharable technology and the use of widely available components. Its patented flagship product USSD 320 supports up to 300,000 IOPS and 4 Gbps sustained bandwidth with performance equal to 300 conventional disk drives, and consuming approximately 90 percent less power as a markedly more energy efficient, "green" storage offering. With the advent of the Universal Network-Attached Storage offering, Solid Access now provides ultra high performance solutions, with sustained performance characteristics, in both enterprise class Solid State Disk categories, DRAM and SLC Flash. 

Solid Access Technologies will exhibit at the upcoming SIFMA Financial Services Technology Expo, June 22-24, at the Hilton New York, New York City, in Booth 1431.

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