Evaluator Group Lab Testing Validates Starboard Storage AC72 Delivers Leading 2X Performance At Half the Cost of Competing Unified Storage System

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Innovative MAST Architecture Outperforms Legacy NAS/SAN at Half the Cost — Starboard Storage Systems, an innovator in Application-Crafted Storage™ for mixed workloads, today announced that the Evaluator Group demonstrated the AC72’s ability to deliver more than 2X the performance of a leading competing unified storage system for mission critical applications at a lower total cost and less than half the cost per TB.

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Making tradeoff’s between applications is a reality faced daily, and having a system capable of delivering performance when and where required is imperative. The Starboard AC72 Storage System met this challenge.

Innovative MAST Architecture Outperforms Legacy NAS/SAN at Half the Cost — Starboard Storage Systems, an innovator in Application-Crafted Storage™ for mixed workloads, today announced that the Evaluator Group demonstrated the AC72’s ability to deliver more than 2X the performance of a leading competing unified storage system for mission critical applications at a lower total cost and less than half the cost per TB.

Two systems were compared in several tests under identical conditions running multiple mixed workloads. Testing multiple workloads in a head-to-head environment provides a more accurate depiction of how a system will perform during actual use. The Starboard storage system delivered twice the performance at less than one half the cost of $/TB. Results are published in an Evaluator White Paper available from Starboard Storage Systems Website http://www.starboardstorage.com

“Maintaining performance for mission critical applications, while still providing required performance for business important applications is the type of capability IT users are looking for when configuring their IT resources,” said Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist of the Evaluator Group. “Making tradeoff’s between applications is a reality faced daily, and having a system capable of delivering performance when and where required is imperative. The Starboard AC72 Storage System met this challenge.”

The Starboard AC72 Storage System MAST architecture includes a SSD Accelerator Tier™. This allows the system to leverage lower cost 7200 RPM drives while achieving superior performance. The AC72 delivers far more capacity for a much lower price while still achieving much higher performance.

“Our customer’s are looking for affordable solutions for mixed workloads without compromising performance,” said Lee Johns, vice president of product management at Starboard Storage Systems. “The Evaluator Group’s tests and assessment of the AC72 is a message to the market that the small and midsize enterprises do not have to sacrifice performance and management over price for their mixed workloads with the AC72.”

Most small and mid-sized enterprise environments need to support multiple applications simultaneously. Using multiple entry-level systems to isolate workloads results in stranded storage capacity, fewer features and costly scalability. Legacy unified storage systems have twenty-year old outdated architectures relying on protocol layering that hinder performance for mixed workloads. An enterprise storage system capable of consolidating multiple workloads for mid-sized and smaller enterprises can reduce management overhead, while increasing utilization. The Starboard AC72 Storage System meets these requirements.

The Starboard AC72 Storage System Advantage
The AC72 provides simple, efficient consolidation onto a single storage system, optimizing the configuration for each application by creating a Dynamic Storage Pool™ with virtual volumes tuned for each workload.

The Starboard Storage AC72 also introduces the SSD Accelerator Tier, a second-generation tiering architecture that lowers operational overhead and provides predictable performance when and where it’s needed. The SSD Accelerator Tier boosts performance for both reads and writes, providing optimally tuned storage that maintains consistently high performance for mixed workloads.

Combining dynamic storage pooling and automated SSD acceleration for each application workload offers small and medium enterprises a new level of simplicity in managing mixed workload environments.

In addition, Starboard Storage Apps simplify provisioning of volumes across multiple storage protocols including CIFS, NFS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel. Since the AC72 was specially designed to manage mixed workloads, IT administrators can dramatically reduce their time and costs in managing storage.

With the AC72 Storage System, you save as you grow with an all-inclusive software license that includes thin provisioning, mirroring, asynchronous replication and snapshots. The AC72 scales up to 474TBs with a completely redundant architecture.

Distribution and Availability
Starboard Storage Systems distributes its products through a network of high impact value-added reseller partners that share the goal of bringing Application-Crafted Storage solutions to market and into small and medium enterprises.

The Starboard Storage AC72 System is available now. The Starboard AC72 Storage System is priced at $59,995 MSRP for an all-inclusive storage system including 24TB storage, an SSD Accelerator Tier with three SSD drives, thin provisioning, asynchronous replication and snapshots. Customers can simply and affordably expand the system by adding Starboard AC72 Storage System Expansion Shelves. Both 15000 RPM and 7200 RPM SAS drives are supported.
The AC72 Storage System, with its innovative MAST Architecture, is designed to dramatically simplify managing mixed workload environments that include unstructured, virtualized, and structured data. For more information contact sales@starboardstorage.com. The Evaluator White paper is available from the Starboard Storage Systems Website, http://www.starboardstorage.com

About Starboard Storage Systems:
Starboard Storage Systems is the innovator in Application-Crafted Storage™ systems for mixed workloads. Starboard Storage tackles the toughest storage problem facing small and medium enterprise (SME) IT administrators today — managing mixed storage workloads that include unstructured, virtualized, and structured data. Starboard’s AC72 Storage System delivers on the promise of sophisticated yet easy-to-manage storage for mixed workload environments. Starboard’s MAST architecture changes the price/performance equation relative to today’s SAN and NAS offerings. http://www.starboardstorage.com
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