Imation Announces Next Generation Object Store

  Imation Announces Next Generation Object Store

    Assureon 7 solution delivers cost efficient, enterprise-class, secure
 automated archiving; new release features higher performance and ease of use

Business Wire

OAKDALE, Minn. -- June 12, 2013

Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global scalable storage and data security company, today
launched its next generation object store, the Nexsan™ Assureon™ secure
automated archive solution. By cost-effectively consolidating storage tiers,
securing data and simplifying storage management, the Assureon platform
transforms the way organizations deploy and manage data archiving.

Nexsan(TM) Assureon(TM) secure automated archive solution (Photo: Business
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Nexsan(TM) Assureon(TM) secure automated archive solution (Photo: Business
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Government, healthcare and financial organizations in particular are
challenged daily with managing rapid, unpredictable growth in digital content
and data, while ensuring compliance with industry and government regulations.
The Assureon solution brings advanced, secure automated archiving to mid-sized
organizations and enterprises to optimize storage infrastructures and manage
regulatory compliance. By deploying the Assureon solution, organizations can
automate storage policies to encrypt, self-authenticate, self-manage,
self-heal and self-configure storage for unstructured files and content.

“Archive automation is critical for organizations confronted with managing the
costs, administration and growth of mandated secure retention of unstructured
data,” said Deni Connor, principal analyst, Storage Strategies NOW. “The
Nexsan Assureon solution is a highly advanced archive storage platform,
notable for the way it simplifies and automates data ingestion, and assures
data integrity in a single hardware-software offering.”

Unlike other competitive archiving solutions, Assureon does not require that
applications be customized to use proprietary APIs in order to store their
data in the archive. Users do not need to learn new processes or change how
they access data.

“When we talk to IT leaders, we hear that organizations are challenged to
manage exponentially increasing data sets, while complying with strict
government and industry data retention and security requirements. The Assureon
solution offers mid-sized organizations and enterprises a single, highly
advanced, automated disk-archiving solution to secure and manage this data,”
said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing for Imation’s Nexsan storage
solutions. “Administrators can deploy the Assureon solution to manage their
entire data protection architecture, controlling all critical data protection
functionality, while shrinking storage infrastructure and its associated
costs.”

Assureon Automates Storage for Jack Henry &Associates Customers

The Assureon secure automated archive solution has been successfully deployed
with customers across a number of industries. For example, Jack Henry &
Associates products and services are processing transactions, automating
business processes, and managing mission-critical information for more than
11,600 financial institutions and corporate entities. Jack Henry &Associates
deploys Assureon systems to provide fast, secure disk-based storage of check
and document images for many of its banking and credit union customers –
delivered for in-house installations and as software as a service (SaaS).

“When we were choosing a compliance storage solution for our customers, we
looked at how the whole system was put together. With Assureon, we chose a
best-of-breed solution that brings together the whole package – replication,
retention, compliance and encryption. Their approach to data security and
integrity is unmatched in the industry,” said Randy Faith, manager of
technical sales for Jack Henry & Associates.

Faith noted that the Assureon platform’s simple interface and “proactive”
approach to data integrity are critical. “In this day and age, you can’t
afford downtime. The Assureon solution monitors the data and the server for
problems and sends proactive alerts to stop issues in advance. And if a server
does go down, having the document and check images on the Assureon disks means
you can recover the instant the new server is ready – a process that used to
take weeks,” Faith said.

Assureon 7 Improves Performance, Optimizes Storage Management

The latest Assureon 7 release features a number of enhancements that further
improve performance and ease of use, including:

  *Virtual shortcuts deliver near-instant recovery: The Assureon solution
    allows users to recover quickly in the event of a server crash by simply
    installing the Assureon client software on a server. In addition, users
    now can deploy “virtual shortcuts” with clustered network attached storage
    (NAS), allowing multiple servers to access Assureon files, enabling a
    redundant cluster configuration for faster recovery.
  *Storage pools optimize disk space: The Assureon solution enables the file
    system to expand onto multiple disk arrays. This allows for more efficient
    use of disk space and simplifies system management.
  *Next generation hardware platform delivers high performance: The Assureon
    platform is now based on advanced processors and Nexsan E-Series™
    high-density disk storage systems.
  *Data ingestion throttling optimizes server performance: The Assureon
    server enables IT managers to optimize data ingestion speed with server
    load, ensuring efficient data transfer while maximizing server
    performance.
  *Flexible ingestion options: Assureon uniquely offers a number of options
    for how data is collected and fed into the archive, including:

       *Via the network or cloud, using Assureon Client software.
       *Via NAS-based Assureon Edge, a 2U server with options available for
         ingestion in Linux or Unix based environments (supporting both CIFS
         and NFS); or Assureon High Speed Edge, utilizing Infiniband
         connections.

    In addition, options are available for ingestion via SnapLock Protocol,
    XML Ingestion File, and optional API integration to manage file retention
    and disposition.

  *Administrator audit trail facilitates auditing: All configuration changes
    to the Assureon system are now tracked and recorded to facilitate
    auditing. The new audit trail feature provides a user interface for
    searching and filtering through audit records.

Scalability and Availability

Available now through a network of channel partners, the Assureon 7 secure
automated archive solution can scale from 3TB to multiple petabytes of
unstructured data. More information on Assureon solutions is available online
at www.nexsan.com/assureon.

Served by a worldwide partner network, Imation’s Nexsan solutions are used by
more than 11,000 customers worldwide, with more than 33,000 systems deployed
since 1999. For more information on Nexsan storage systems, visit
www.nexsan.com.

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
about Imation is available at www.imation.com.

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Imation, Nexsan, Assureon, and E-Series are trademarks of Imation Corp. All
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