Latest Release of Nexsan Unified Hybrid Storage Solution Drives New Levels of Price Performance

  Latest Release of Nexsan Unified Hybrid Storage Solution Drives New Levels
  of Price Performance

New Nexsan NST5000 increases storage capacity by 400%; reduces caching cost by
 50%; adds new enterprise capabilities for virtualization and cloud computing

Business Wire

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- January 29, 2013

Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global tiered storage and data security company, today
announced the availability of the latest version of its Nexsan® NST5000
unified hybrid storage system. The new release addresses the increasing demand
for enterprise-class storage capabilities in small to midsize enterprises and
the need for greater performance at an affordable price for a variety of
primary storage applications including databases, virtual servers and public
and private cloud environments. It is available immediately through the
600-plus Nexsan value-added channel partners worldwide.

The growing need for long-term data retention and the increased adoption of
virtualization and cloud computing are creating even more pressure on users to
find highly efficient and reliable storage solutions that can deliver
performance, capacity and ease of use. The NST5000 unified hybrid storage
system targets that gap by delivering exceptional performance without the
capacity limitations and high price points of SSD-only solutions. The NST5000
uses the right amount of solid state cache to deliver the performance users
need while controlling storage costs. In addition, it leverages Nexsan’s
E-Series high density external storage systems for maximum capacity.

The new release of the NST5000 expands on this unique value to deliver
unparalleled price/performance for even the most demanding workloads. Key
enhancements include:

  *A 400% increase in storage capacity to over five petabytes - giving users
    greater enterprise-level capacity to meet their fast growing data
    retention needs.
  *A 50% decrease in cost for solid-state cache with greater SSD capacity -
    improving overall price/performance value.
  *Streamlined management and administration for larger scale installations
    and managed service providers - including SNMP support for complex
    environments, a full command line interface (CLI) for advanced users, and
    an enhanced GUI that is faster and easier to use.
  *Support for VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) accelerates
    vSphere server performance by up to 50% - providing hardware acceleration
    on the NST5000 when integrated into a VMware ESX/ESXi environment. This
    functionality accelerates the VMware ESX/ESXi host performance by
    offloading specific virtual machine and storage management operations to
    the NST5000 which reduces consumption of server CPU and memory and storage
    fabric bandwidth.

“With this latest release, the NST should get strong consideration from both
the mid-range data center all the way up to the largest enterprise,” said
George Crump, president and founder, Storage Switzerland, a leading
independent analyst firm that recently tested the new offering in its lab.
“Not only does it deliver on all the promise of unified storage, it also
combines ease of use with all the robust capabilities of an enterprise storage
system, addressing a real gap in today’s market.”

“Traditionally, our customers have valued the reliability, cost and
performance of Nexsan’s solutions,” said Dave Hiechel, president and CEO of
EAGLE Software Inc., a Nexsan partner and provider of full service storage
solutions. “With NST5000 hybrid storage, we now introduce Nexsan into data
centers with high performance and high reliability computing needs. It offers
our customers the speed of solid-state drives at a very competitive price,
without giving up enterprise class features. With NST5000, Nexsan has paired
enterprise performance and a sophisticated feature set with the simplified
manageability and power efficiency that their solutions are known for.”

The latest version of the NST5000 comes in large, medium and small
configurations to meet varying workload requirements from eight terabytes to
over five petabytes of modular capacity. The system is ideally suited for a
variety of different use cases from virtual servers, desktops and managed
services to databases, email and OLTP applications – whether on premise or in
the cloud. More detailed information is available at

“As their long term data retention needs grow, users are being forced to make
some very difficult tradeoffs between performance and capacity, unless they
have an unlimited budget,” said Victoria Grey, senior vice president of
marketing, Nexsan. “The latest release of the NST5000 is specifically
targeting this gap in the market - the capacity users need for cost-effective
long term data retention, with the performance they need to run their business

The pioneering Nexsan hybrid storage systems combine solid-state technologies,
disk storage and advanced software to deliver radically new levels of
performance and capacity at lower cost. These advanced technologies enable
organizations to optimize traditional, virtual and cloud computing
environments for increased productivity and business agility.

There are more than 11,000 Nexsan customers worldwide and more than 33,000
systems deployed since 1999. The Nexsan data storage systems are delivered
through a worldwide network of cloud service providers, value-added resellers
and solution integrators. The Nexsan business is based in Thousand Oaks,
Calif. For more information on Nexsan storage systems, visit

About Imation Corp.

Imation (NYSE: IMN) is a global scalable storage and data security company.
The Company's portfolio includes tiered storage and security offerings for
business, and products designed to manage audio and video information in the
home. Imation reaches customers in more than 100 countries through a powerful
global distribution network and well recognized brands. Additional information
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Schwartz MSL Public Relations for Imation Corp.
Mercedes Carrasco, 781-684-0770
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