There have been many exciting announcements coming out of SMART Storage Systems in the past month. Along with opening a new office in Colorado and launching Optimus Ultra+, we have also been busy at events, such as the Cloud Leadership Forum and IBM System X Technical University. It’s been quite the month!
In early July, we opened a new Research and Development office in Longmont, Colorado. This facility will support continued hardware and software innovation for SSD products and will give us access to enterprise storage talent from the Midwest. The new location will also give us insight on lessons learned from the hard-drive industry and enable us to find new ways to improve Flash technologies. We are excited about the Longmont facility and know it will make a great addition to our other R&D locations in Chandler, AZ; Westford, MA; and Penang, Malaysia.
Right about the same time of our new office opening, we launched the newest addition to the Optimus family: Optimus Ultra+. This enterprise SSD increases endurance of c-MLC Flash to 50 drive writes per day. This increase in endurance is revolutionizing the way enterprise storage is approached as Optimus Ultra+ can directly replace SLC in most write-intensive storage applications. Optimus Ultra+ is an innovative addition to our lineup of MLC-based SSDs because enterprise organizations can now extend MLC Flash to every storage tier, improving storage and application performance without blowing their budgets.
On the events side, last month we spent some time at the Cloud Leadership Forum showcasing our Optimus SSD and CloudSpeed 500 SSD which prepped us quite nicely for IBM University X. We finished up at IBM System X Technical University last week, where our Business Development Manager, Rick Neff, presented a Technology Primer session titled “IBM eXFlash: An Alternative to PCIe SSD in Servers.” Rick’s presentation touched on the impact that server virtualization, Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), and high-performance databases have on raw storage I/O performance requirements. The audience was particularly interested in the part of his presentation where he discussed IBM eXFlash, which spotlights our SMART Storage Systems XceedIOPS 1.8″ SATA enterprise-class SSD, as an alternative to PCIe SSDs for meeting throughput demands. We had a great time meeting people at the booth to discuss some of the proponents of our Optimus SAS 6Gb/s SSD and look forward to continuing the conversation in the future.
To top it all off, we have been preparing for next month’s big show, The Flash Memory Summit. We have a lot in store for the biggest event in the industry and are excited to share some of our plans with you. Tune in next week to learn what we have up our sleeve including presentations, special events, new products, and more!
- John Scaramuzzo, President, SMART Storage Systems