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Wasabi Responds to User Requirements for Easy-to-Manage, Low-Cost Tiered Storage

NORFOLK, Va., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In its newly published report, the Aberdeen Group surveyed 140 companies ranging from small to large enterprises, to determine key buying criteria and to provide a benchmark for how best-in- class companies select and deploy their network storage systems. The research strongly reinforced the fact that the small and medium sized enterprises are rapidly adopting and implementing iSCSI SANs for a clear and specified set of reasons. The most compelling factor was cost consideration and the necessity of fitting purchases into constrained budgets.

NORFOLK, Va., March 10 /PRNewswire/ — In its newly published report, the Aberdeen Group surveyed 140 companies ranging from small to large enterprises, to determine key buying criteria and to provide a benchmark for how best-in- class companies select and deploy their network storage systems. The research strongly reinforced the fact that the small and medium sized enterprises are rapidly adopting and implementing iSCSI SANs for a clear and specified set of reasons. The most compelling factor was cost consideration and the necessity of fitting purchases into constrained budgets.

Wasabi has responded to this need with the introduction of its new VMX iSCSI SAN appliance series, which features best in class performance at price points that even small enterprises can afford. In furtherance of this motivation, Wasabi has also launched its "Storage-In-a-Flash" live quote system, a dynamic tool that allows businesses quick and easy access to accurate budgetary pricing.

"We want to save our customers time and money, and this includes our prospective customers," said Frank Logan, Wasabi's President and CEO. "As small and medium sized enterprises begin to think about gaining efficiency in network storage systems, they generally don't want to have to wait for a sales representative to call or even to pick up the phone and make a call themselves to wait for pricing and to find out whether their storage appetite can be met within budget. Our instant quote system is an ideal tool for those who don't wish to deal with the dreaded bureaucracy of a storage behemoth. Many of these prospective customers worry that the cost of a SAN is out of reach, but a quick quote with 'Storage-In-a-Flash' provides them the information they need to make a smart buying decision."

While Aberdeen cites affordability as the primary factor driving most SME purchase decisions, its research further contends that iSCSI SANs are attractive to the SME market because they facilitate the consolidation of direct attached storage (DAS), they are compatible with existing IP networks and simplify infrastructure by eliminating the need for additional HBAs or switches.

Wasabi's VMX appliances are purpose-designed to meet the requirements of the SME market, achieving enterprise class requirements for reliability and yielding the highest overall performance of any iSCSI SAN in the market — and they are much less expensive than competing solutions with comparable performance. Even when scaled up 60 TB configurations, they are well under $2000 per TB.

Additionally, the VMX series easily installs within a standard office IP network without requiring any specialized adapters or switches. The VMX series allows for consolidation of direct DAS resources into an easily managed centralized virtual storage pool. The appliances are fully compatible with all common business productivity applications and all leading operating systems, including Windows, OS X, Solaris, NetWare, BSD and Linux.

Aberdeen's research determines that large enterprises have been slower to adopt iSCSI because they feel locked in by their fibre channel investment while the SME market is unconstrained in making their initial moves into network storage. iSCSI is the natural choice for the above-cited reasons. However, over time all enterprises are expected to move increasingly toward iSCSI. The report states, "Our research confirms that fibre channel is still the dominant component in a storage infrastructure today, but that iSCSI will be the market leader in the future." An advance copy of the report can be obtained at http://www.wasabisystems.com/aberdeen.

For pricing and availability and to learn more about Wasabi Systems, visit http://www.WasabiSystems.com.

SOURCE Wasabi Systems

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