SMART Storage Systems and Diablo Technologies Enter Partnership to Deliver New Ultra-Low Latency Memory Channel Storage

SMART Storage Systems and Diablo Technologies Enter Partnership to Deliver New 
Ultra-Low Latency Memory Channel Storage 
Combining SMART Storage Systems' Guardian(TM) Technology Platform
With Diablo's Memory Channel Storage(TM) System Architecture to
Create New Tier of Enterprise SSDs 
OTTAWA and NEWARK, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 --  SMART Storage
Systems, Inc., an innovative enterprise solid-state drive (SSD)
technology provider, and Diablo Technologies, Inc., a proven
innovator in memory system interface products, today announced an
exclusive relationship to combine SMART Storage Systems'
award-winning Guardian(TM) Technology Platform with Diablo's Memory
Channel Storage(TM) (MCS(TM)) to usher in a new era of Flash storage.
The development and marketing partnership will result in a new class
of ultra-low latency (ULL) SSDs and system accelerators, transforming
enterprise server, virtualization and cloud environments. 
The fusion of Diablo's Memory Channel Storage architecture with SMART
Storage Systems' Guardian Technology Platform creates a new ULL
Flash-SSD tier for enterprise servers and storage systems. This new
ULL SSD enables DRAM-like performance and enterprise-class Flash
endurance and reliability, while leveraging cost-effective
multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash. SMART Storage Systems' proprietary
Guardian Technology Platform drives additional endurance from
cost-effective MLC Flash through a proprietary suite of enterprise
features and endurance enhancement technologies.  
"Flash technology is a key building block in the enterprise, with the
caveat that greater performance, higher capacity and more
cost-effective solutions are required to fuel specific needs of
applications like data analytics and the full promise of cloud
computing," said Jeff Janukowicz, Research Director for Solid State
Storage at IDC. "Advances in system design, as is anticipated through
this partnership, will enable volume deployments and NAND Flash to
transform the enterprise data center."  
The combination of MCS and the Guardian Technology Platform will
provide systems with dramatic improvements in latency, transaction
throughput, IO bandwidth, density, scalability and operating cost
over a wide range of enterprise-level deployments when compared to
Flash-based designs using PCIe or SAS/SATA-based SSDs. The new ULL
SSDs are expected to provide 50 percent higher transaction rates with
80 percent lower latency in database caching and OLTP applications.
For virtualized environments, the MCS-Guardian system solution is
expected to enable 10X more virtual machines per server while
reducing DRAM requirements by over 70 percent. 
"This really changes everything," said John Scaramuzzo, president of
SMART Storage Systems. "The convergence of Diablo's groundbreaking
MCS technology and our award-winning Guardian Technology Platform is
not just about re-architecting storage, but re-architecting the
integration of servers, storage and Flash acceleration. We are
setting a new standard for ULL storage in the enterprise, improving
performance over currently available SSDs, including PCIe-based
"SMART Storage Systems was the logical partner for us in this
development effort. SMART Storage Systems specializes in meeting
enterprise requirements for quality, endurance and performance using
the most cost-effective Flash media, and its Guardian Technology
Platform has harnessed the physics of NAND Flash to make new Flash
applications possible," said Diablo founder and CEO Riccardo
Badalone. "Our partnership with SMART Storage Systems will accelerate
Memory Channel Storage product innovation and fuel new deployments of
Flash storage in enterprise data centers, which are currently
restricted by traditional CPU/Flash interfaces and the cost
limitations of providing enterprise-grade NAND Flash." 
Under the terms of the agreement SMART Storage Systems and Diablo
will jointly develop the new ULL SSD product. The product will be
exclusively sold by SMART Storage Systems and will be jointly
supported by the two companies' world-class customer support teams. 
About SMART Storage Systems
 SMART Storage Systems is a technology
leader in the design, development and deployment of current and
next-generation enterprise solid-state storage products. Combining
leading-edge, enterprise-class design and proven world-class support,
SMART Storage Systems leverages its deep expertise in Flash and
enterprise storage technology. SMART Storage Systems delivers
high-quality, high-reliability solutions to a broad customer base
including tier one storage and server OEMs. In support of these
designs, SMART Storage Systems provides award-winning innovations in
solid-state storage technology, such as NAND high-endurance
Guardian(TM) technology, to a variety of customers in the enterprise
storage, enterprise server, data center, defense and industrial
markets. SMART Storage Systems is part of the SMART family of global
companies. See for more information. 
About Diablo Technologies
 Founded in 2003, Diablo is successfully
delivering products that enhance the performance and capability of
memory system designs. Diablo's innovative Memory Channel Storage
technology platform is leveraging the disruptive capability of
NAND-flash and future Non-Volatile Memory technologies to enable
increased levels of application performance supported by a new class
of enterprise server and storage system designs. The Diablo executive
management team, now developing its third family of memory interface
solutions, has decades of experience in system architecture, chip-set
design and software development at companies including Nortel
Networks, Matrox Graphics, Goal Semiconductor, BroadTel
Communications, ENQ Semiconductor, IceFyre Semiconductor,
MosaidTechologies and Huawei. 
SMART Storage Systems:
Derek James
McGrath/Power Public Relations
Diablo Technologies:
Dan Miller
JPR Communications
818-884-8282, Ext. 13 
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