Assurance and AIC team to launch Guardian Storage Server line based upon AIC’s SB301-TO and next generation Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processor family

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Assurance and AIC provide customers with access to the latest Intel technology for storage solutions.

Customers of Assurance Storage and AIC will be amongst the first in the world to experience the latest in technology from Intel, AIC and Assurance Storage introducing storage servers which utilize the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processor family . The new servers equipped with the latest Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 multi-core processors support hardware acceleration for RAID and software optimizations utilizing the new CPU instructions. These new chips deliver enhanced instruction sets which have allowed Assurance and AIC to deliver blazing performance without the need for special purpose hardware acceleration cards. This change not only delivers industry leading performance, but also frees up the PCIe slots for additional uses, such as additional solid state PCIe cards.

The servers are built upon the AIC SB301-TO chassis delivering up to 16 cores from a single or dual-socket Intel® E5-2600 processor. Total bandwidth has been increased with the addition of a fourth channel and there is now support for DDR3 1600 MHz memory and up to 384GB. These chips now include embedded PCIe functionality, greatly reducing latency and increasing throughput. These processors and chipsets also consume less power and generate less heat, providing additional savings to data center operators.

Assurance Storage has updated their software stack to deliver RAID support utilizing the newly available instructions in the Xeon E5 processors. The Assurance software provides a unified storage solution, together with exploiting on-board SSD and PCIe Flash storage for acceleration of database and data warehouse processing, whilst also minimizing RAID rebuild interruptions and reducing support costs.

Assurance is delivering these systems to VAR partners for evaluation and customer deployment. VAR partners can deliver these servers to their customers with their own branding, to further the relationships with their customers.

“The Assurance Guardian servers, built upon the AIC SB301-TO chassis, provide a tremendous opportunity for independent software vendors and channel partners to benefit from the latest in storage server technology combined with flexible storage media choices and industry-leading virtualization and caching software,” said Steve Visconti, President and CEO at Assurance. “With this series of appliances, partners can provide a wide range of high-performance storage options to meet the needs of their clients.”

“Customers and partners will now be able to manage some of the most advanced storage systems using the latest innovations from Intel, AIC and Assurance,” said Sherman Tang, Vice President – Server and Storage Solutions at AIC Inc. “AIC is delighted to work with Assurance to deliver customizable high-performance, power-efficient solutions to our joint partners and customers.”

“Intel worked with its’ customers, including AIC and Assurance, to optimize the new instructions and capabilities in the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processor family providing intelligent technology to deliver energy efficient performance, data protection and scalability to benefit IT,” said David Tuhy, General Manager of Intel Storage Group.

About AIC, Inc.
AIC Inc. is a leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions developed to meet the unique demands of a wide variety of markets. With expertise in in-house design, validation, manufacturing and production, our expansive selection of products are highly flexible and can be configured to any form factor or custom configuration. AIC Inc. leads the industry in all categories with years of experience in mechanical, electronic, system-level engineering as well as a dedication to product innovation and customer support. Headquartered in Taoyuan, Taiwan, AIC Inc. has offices in US, Europe, Japan, and China. AIC Inc. offers a wide selection of standard AIC products, which is now recognized worldwide. For more information on AIC products, please visit our website:

About Assurance Storage
Assurance Storage is revolutionizing the data management and storage markets by challenging the traditional thinking on how to optimize storage. Assurance’s autonomic tiered storage software architecture solves the productivity challenges created by the need to overcome the physical limitations of traditional disk I/O systems. Its unique, high performance solutions combine autonomic software, high density spinning disk and tightly integrated SSD technology to deliver unparalleled performance density, scalability, and management, at the industry’s lowest operational costs. For more information, visit

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