Pogo Linux Named sTec Diamond Partner -- First to Specialize in Software-Defined Storage

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Open-Source, Software-Defined Storage Expert Pogo to Offer Broader Support for SSD Technology Leader sTec’s Enterprise-Class Drives, Address Growing Demand for Performance

Pogo Linux (http://www.pogolinux.com), a leader in open source and ZFS system integration, has announced that the company has reached Diamond Partner status in the sTec® Partner Program, and is the first Diamond partner to specialize in software-defined storage. sTec, Inc. (http://www.stec-inc.com) is the leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions. In its global channel partner program, top-level sTec partners must meet specific criteria (above Gold and Platinum requirements) to achieve Diamond status. These requirements include offering a complete line of certified solutions engineered by the system integrator, and the ability to deliver comprehensive support for sTec solid-state drive (SSD) products. Earning the Diamond Partner designation increases engineering collaboration between the two organizations, further strengthening the well-engineered, expertly-supported SSD-based systems that Pogo customers have come to expect for their high-performance storage needs.

As organizations demand higher IOs per second (IOPs) for cloud, virtualization, big data, and highly-transactional data activities, SSDs have continued to expand into the server and storage market segments. Pogo has met this demand by incorporating SSD caching and all-SSD configurations into its line of software-defined storage and rackmount server products. The performance capabilities of Pogo rackmount servers can be tailored to an IT manager’s specific needs with sTec s800 Series SAS SSDs, to accelerate business-critical applications. At the same time, Pogo’s ZFS storage systems, configured with sTec ZeusRAM® caching, meet IT managers’ requirements for both enterprise features and fast performance on fixed network storage budgets.

“We are thrilled to earn the designation of Diamond Partner with sTec,” said Erik Logan, CEO, Pogo Linux. “Our rigorous hardware requirements match sTec’s fast, reliable SSD solutions. This achievement is extremely beneficial for Linux and ZFS storage end-users, as it results in a deeper integration between sTec’s enterprise SSD products and Pogo’s open-source offerings.”

“By delivering sTec SSD solutions to meet the significant opportunity for processing data-intensive applications, Pogo Linux has demonstrated tremendous value, and we are proud to have them as a Diamond Partner,” said Ali Zedah, corporate senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and general manager of the Systems and Software Group, sTec. “Pogo’s rackmount servers and ZFS storage solutions blend the power and performance of sTec SSDs, the power of open source, and the capabilities of Linux and the ZFS file system to meet the performance, storage, and cost requirements of IT managers in this market segment.”

sTec SSD-enabled Pogo systems with base or custom hardware configurations are available now, with Pogo’s industry-leading build-to-ship times. Potential customers are encouraged to configure a system with exact pricing at http://www.pogolinux.com, or call (888) 828-POGO for assistance.

About Pogo Linux, Inc.
Founded in 1999, Pogo Linux, Inc. is a workstation, server, and storage systems integrator based in Seattle, Washington. With in-house technical expertise and a multi-OS focus, Pogo Linux offers a wide range of systems for every IT project or budget. From a single database server to a complete datacenter deployment, Pogo Linux is dedicated to providing affordable, reliable, and energy-efficient Linux, Solaris, and Windows-based systems for organizations of all sizes. Each system includes world-class Linux customization, and the expert technical support Pogo has provided for the Linux and open source communities for more than a decade.

For more information about Pogo Linux, please visit http://www.pogolinux.com or call 1 (888) 828-POGO (7646).

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