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March 30, 2011

SMART's Enterprise-Grade SSDs Integrated into Xiotech's New Hybrid HDD/SSD Array

SMART Modular Technologies, a manufacturer of solid-state storage (SSD) products and memory modules, announced a partnership with Xiotech Corporation  to deliver innovative storage solution to enterprises.

Xiotech (News - Alert) Corporation has selected SMART's enterprise-grade XceedIOPS serial-attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs as part of its innovative Hybrid Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) line which combines traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs.

Xiotech hybrid ISE is a low-cost, leading-performance storage solution. Powered by SMART XceedIOPS SAS (News - Alert) 2.5-inch 200GB SSDs and 2.5-inch 10K 900GB hard drives, Xiotech hybrid ISE delivers 14.4TB of dynamic hybrid storage.

Xiotech hybrid ISE offers on-board intelligence to maximize memory management in high-volume virtualized storage applications such as high-performance computing and cloud computing, company officials said.

Commenting on this partnership, Alan Atkinson, CEO of Xiotech, said, “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.”

SMART's XceedIOPS SSDs, according to company officials, 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, meeting the reliability expectations in this segment.

XceedIOPS SAS SSDs offer a high-performing reliable solution to Xiotech's Hybrid ISE avoiding the traditional challenges of balancing hybrid storage performance, capacity, and cost while ensuring availability.

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, in a statement.

“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,” Scaramuzzo added.

XceedIOPS SAS SSDs are currently shipping in volume quantities. The company is also displaying SMART's XceedIOPS SSD product line at Storage Networking World Santa Clara, CA (News - Alert), from April 4-7.

Smart Modular Technologies recently announced the second quarter fiscal 2011 results. The company reported that gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was $28.5 million, compared to $44.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, and $42.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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