SoftNAS Charts Unknown Territory Using Amazon's EBS to Achieve Performance Approaching 10,000 IOPS

  SoftNAS Charts Unknown Territory Using Amazon's EBS to Achieve Performance
                           Approaching 10,000 IOPS

IOPS in this range were heretofore unavailable through a public cloud
provider. Amazon's new Elastic Band Storage Provisioned IOPS and SoftNAS
combine to set cloud performance records.

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, May 14, 2013

HOUSTON, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Using Amazon Web Services and the
recently introduced EBS Provisioned IOPS with up to 4,000 IOPS per volume,
network attached storage specialist SoftNAS, LLC, created an Amazon Elastic
Cloud Computing (EC2) virtual environment and got even more performance by
stripping multiple EBS volumes. SoftNAS CTO, Rick Braddy created the
environment with RAID 10 configuration across 5 EBS Instances and achieved
sustained read speeds of near 9,900 IOPS. "This level of performance far
exceeds what is currently available on the cloud and provides for an excellent
end user experience in even a demanding virtual desktop environment," said CEO
Bill Hood.

"The challenge a lot of IT managers face is the recognition that fast storage
is critical to the user experience especially with critical applications such
as desktop virtualization. However, fast storage can be expensive and
generally limited to a proprietary hardware chassis, until now," said Hood.
"With SoftNAS our customers can build and manage extremely fast and redundant
storage solutions on both cloud and physical systems. SoftNAS manages and
enhances the performance of both cloud based and hardware based solutions,"
said Hood. "Network Attached Storage functionality such as tiered storage,
stripping, deduplication, compression, etc., all add performance enhancements
to the underlying storage. SoftNAS is one of the few software packages that
'decouple' network attached storage functionality from the hardware," said
Hood. "This means SoftNAS drives storage as a commodity to be managed, backed
up and maintained on the most reliable, fastest and lowest cost platform
available. Management of storage is evolving from proprietary systems to open
source solutions that enhance performance regardless of the particular
underlying mechanism. This is accomplished using our flagship product,
StorageCenter™. Finally, a single interface that manages your commodity
storage no matter how that storage is delivered."

Hood continued: "SoftNAS is setting performance benchmarks like today's test
at nearly 10,000 IOPS. We're not resting on our laurels; we're already putting
in the research needed to push through the next great speed threshold."

SoftNAS can be delivered using an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and is available
now and is delivered with Amazon's EC2 and combined with EBS storage in the
Amazon Marketplace or using existing standard server and storage
infrastructure or even existing storage solutions. For small to medium
businesses, SoftNAS offers a portal into cloud computing that is both
affordable and offers a great user experience. Whether delivered as an Amazon
machine image or within a private cloud or both, the results are the same:
fast, reliable performance and seamlessly managed storage.

More information on the recent breakthrough is available in a company white

About SoftNAS, LLC

SoftNAS, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Houston, Texas, with
regional sales and service offices across the U.S., SoftNAS, LLC developed
SoftNAS™ to address the unmet needs of small to medium enterprises and small
businesses who need Big Data capabilities without the price premium commanded
by the big brand vendors. Visit for more information.


Bill Hood

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