Nexsan NST6000MC Metro Storage Cluster is Meeting Rising Worldwide Need for High Availability and Disaster Recovery

  Nexsan NST6000MC Metro Storage Cluster is Meeting Rising Worldwide Need for
  High Availability and Disaster Recovery

 Part of the Nexsan NST6000 Unified Hybrid Storage portfolio shown at VMworld
 Barcelona, the NST6000MC uses Fibre Channel direct or switched connections,
   including DWDM and dark fiber to synchronously mirror copies of data to
 different sites, providing instant data replication and failover to sites on
                          campus or up to 10km away

VMworld Europe 2013

Business Wire

OAKDALE, Minn. -- October 15, 2013

Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, is
reporting strong interest in its Nexsan™ NST6000MC Metro Storage Cluster
system among customers worldwide, driven by imperatives to maintain continuous
availability for mission-critical applications, create agile IT
infrastructures, and, at the same time, reduce overall costs. Part of
Imation’s next-generation Nexsan NST6000 Unified Hybrid Storage portfolio, the
NST6000MC Metro Storage Cluster is ideal for IT staff seeking to reduce system
complexity, simplify management and earn greater ROI by improving
mission-critical application availability while easily scaling performance and
storage capacity.

“Since we launched our stretched cluster solution in August, we’ve seen
increasing demand from customers who place a premium on avoiding downtime and
having synchronous mirrored storage at two sites. Our customers are focused on
business continuity solutions that are easy to manage, maintain, install and
scale,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing and technical support for
Imation’s Nexsan solutions.

For example, a leading security manufacturer is deploying multiple NST6000MC
Metro Storage Clusters to support security operations at several airports, an
application that requires high storage scalability and 24/7 uptime.  In
addition,  customers in industries as diverse as finance, healthcare,
utilities and manufacturing are showing high interest in the NST6000MC Metro
Storage Cluster to ensure uptime for databases, virtualized servers and
business applications.

The NST6000MC Metro Storage Cluster is a compact, scalable, integrated
solution for high availability and disaster recovery that extends data
replication and failover capability from within a data center to a campus site
or to a metro site located up to 10km away. As part of the NST6000 Unified
Hybrid Storage platform, the NST60000MC supports both SAN and NAS protocols,
while leveraging solid-state storage to accelerate read performance of the
underlying spinning disk drives housed in efficient Fibre Channel-connected
Nexsan E-Series™ storage arrays. The net result is a lower cost-per-I/O and
lower total cost of ownership.

Additional features include:

  *High Availability Failover: Active/Active controllers provide high
    availability failover from one NST6000MC node to another.
  *Synchronous Mirroring: Delivers continuous, up-to-date copies of data to
    different sites.
  *Client Support: Supports Linux, OS X, UNIX, Windows, vSphere, Hyper-V and
    XenServer clients.
  *Storage Services: Supports CIFS, SMBv1, NFSv3, NFSv4, iSCSI target and FTP
    protocols.
  *Nexsan FASTier™ Caching: Uses flexible, scalable FASTier™ read caching to
    accelerate read operations.
  *Scalable: Up to 5 petabytes (PB) of E-Series ultra-reliable,
    energy-efficient, high performance, Fibre Channel RAID storage expansion.

Next Generation Unified Hybrid Storage

Imation’s NST6000 Unified Hybrid Storage platform is being demonstrated this
week at VMworld Barcelona at StandB411. The NST6000 platform is designed to
meet a range of I/O requirements in a single system, providing support for
block (Fibre Channel or iSCSI) or file-based (NFS, CIFS, SMB and FTP) traffic
without sacrificing performance or requiring additional software or licenses.
As a result, the NST6000 system efficiently and simultaneously supports high
capacity I/O intensive workloads generated in virtualized environments.

Intelligent FASTier caching built into the NST6000 controller uses a
combination of DRAM and flash-based SSD storage to deliver lower latency,
accelerate performance of the underlying spinning disks and reduce the wear
issues of flash.

In addition, the NST6000 enables users to scale up write and read cache
capacities by expanding both internal DRAM and SSD capacity. Storage managers
can dictate how solid-state memory is used across applications by customizing
FASTier read caches for specific volumes in the underlying spinning disk
storage.

IT managers can take advantage of a wide range of back-end storage options to
scale the NST6000 storage system for both capacity and performance. The
NST6000 system connects with Nexsan E-Series arrays and expansion units to
scale up efficiently to 5 PB.

For more information on Imation’s Nexsan storage solutions,
visitwww.imation.com/nexsan.

About Imation

Imation (NYSE: IMN) is a global data storage and information security company.
Our products and solutions help organizations and individuals store, manage
and protect their digital content. Imation’s storage and security portfolio
includes Nexsan high-density, archive and solid-state optimized unified hybrid
storage solutions; IronKey mobile security solutions that address the needs of
professionals for secure data transport and mobile workspaces; and consumer
storage solutions, audio products and accessories sold under the Imation,
Memorex and TDK Life on Record brands. Imation reaches customers in more than
100 countries through a powerful global distribution network. For more
information, visitwww.imation.com.

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Contact:

Imation Corp.
Ken Kadet, 651-704-3388
kkadet@imation.com
or
Schwartz MSL Public Relations For Imation
Mercedes Carrasco, 781-684-0770
imation@schwartzmsl.com
 
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