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Carpenter Industries Moves to StorTrends by American Megatrends

6/29/2016

NORCROSS, GA: American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, remote management tools, network data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is pleased to announce that Carpenter Industries in Concord, North Carolina has elected to switch from storage solutions from Dell to the StorTrends® brand from AMI for its primary storage needs and to deploy VDI, ERP and other applications.

After experiencing high latency and dealing with a failed controller on the unit and a limited service plan, Carpenter Industries IT Manager Donovan Yelton made the decision to switch to StorTrends. His decision was based primarily on American Megatrends’ reputation and longevity, as well as the great features and support that come standard with StorTrends. “We immediately saw latency decrease, thanks to the SSD caching ability of the StorTrends unit,” said Yelton.

“For organizations like Carpenter Industries, StorTrends high-performance storage delivers the exceptional performance and functionality necessary to optimize resources, boost productivity, and ensure data protection,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). “What’s more, StorTrends provides the flexibility to grow any organization’s storage environment as needed, with the high capacity that will meet business and budget requirements well into the future—whether those call for all-flash, hybrid flash, or spinning disk.”

For further details on Carpenter Industries’ StorTrends deployment, please see the complete case study, which can be found at: stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/.

About Carpenter Industries:
Carpenter Industries manufactures, warehouses and retails Ford licensed products. For more information on Carpenter Industries, please visit: dennis-carpenter.com.

About StorTrends:
StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage, hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

American Megatrends to Host Server Solutions Summit in AMI Taiwan Branch Office, May 26 - 27, 2016

5/23/2016

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in UEFI and BMC firmware, is pleased to announce its annual American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit, which will be held from May 26 - 27 at the AMI Taiwan Branch Office in Taipei. This annual event, filled with presentations, breakout sessions and hands-on demonstrations, is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from AMI and its Technology Partners on topics ranging from UEFI firmware for servers, BMC management, scale-out data center applications and much more.

The American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit is open to AMI Technology Partners and OEM/ODM customers, held each year at the company's Taiwan location just prior to the start of COMPUTEX TAIPEI. The 2016 edition of this event will focus on the strength that AMI exhibits in providing integrated system-level features in BIOS, BMC and related tools that enable its OEM and ODM partners to add value to their datacenter, cloud and enterprise products and speed time to market.

Topics to be covered in the two-day event include RAS, configuration, update and deployment of servers and much more. Live demonstrations of AMI server products including UEFI Firmware, Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) technology and presentations from AMI Technology Partners such as Avago, Broadcom, Cavium, Intel® Corporation and Microsoft are sure to make the AMI Server Solutions Summit a must-attend event.

AMI Technology Partners and guest speakers are excited about the event and its new format. Speaking on behalf of Cavium, Larry Wikelius, Vice President Software Ecosystem and Solutions Group, said, "The American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit is an outstanding forum to highlight the partnership that Cavium and AMI have established. The combination of Cavium's innovative ThunderX® Workload Optimized SOCs for next generation data center and cloud applications and AMI's recognized server management and firmware solutions has proven to be a powerful platform for ODM and OEM partners. The Summit will enable us to highlight additional details about our product development and integration with AMI."

Speaking about the event, Subramonian Shankar, President, CEO and Founder of American Megatrends, commented that "This is the first year we have had representatives from both the BIOS and BMC sides of our business at this event, to reflect the synergy and the unique set of skills and technologies that only AMI can provide to OEM and ODM partners. We are excited to host this forum and look forward to another great event filled with valuable information and networking opportunities for our valued guests."

The event is already fully booked for the 2016 edition. Representatives of server OEMs and ODMs interested in an invitation to next year's event are encouraged to contact an AMI US or AMI Taiwan Sales Representative for more information on the American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit 2017 via our website at ami.com/contact-us/.

American Megatrends Extends ROM Utilities Support for ARM-based Projects

5/16/2016

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® operating systems, is proud to extend ROM Utilities support for ARM-based projects. These utilities allow modifications to be made to the ARM-based firmware images without having to rebuild the firmware. A single build can be modified and used on several platform derivatives.

AMI customers now have additional support for various tools to use with ARM-based projects. ARM firmware support has been incorporated in the following AMI ROM Utilities: AMIBCP, AMISDE, ChangeLogo, and MMTool. These utilities allow for post-build configuration of certain settings within the ARM-based firmware images. Since the tools were extended to support ARM-based projects, the user experience remains the same. All the available tools are compatible with AMI's flagship Aptio® V UEFI Firmware and designed to work in conjunction with the firmware.

"With the extended ROM Utilities support for ARM-based projects, AMI is facilitating the introduction of new products in the market," said Subramonian Shankar, CEO of American Megatrends. "Continuous innovative development enables AMI to assist and serve our customers in every aspect of product development and manufacturing, allowing our customers to create high-quality products for their end users."

"While Aptio customers that already use AMI tools and utilities are in a unique position to quickly support the ARM-based platforms market segment, experienced ARM developers can provide better support of their products leveraging easy to use BIOS solutions. For these developers, our ROM Utilities are created to reduce BIOS development and support learning curves," added Stefano Righi, Vice President of Utilities and R&D of American Megatrends.

In summary:

  • AMI ARM-based projects can be developed in the same Aptio development environment that BIOS engineers are already familiar with, including Linux support
  • Full support for manufacturing with flash, SMBIOS, setup tools and more
  • OEM customization tools are available to modify the firmware image without the need to rebuild the project
  • To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit http://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.

    American Megatrends Acknowledged as Top Patent Producer in Region as Hometown Norcross, Georgia is Named "Genius City" by Time Magazine

    5/10/2016

    NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, was in the news recently as Time Magazine published a list of America's most "genius cities" according to the number of patents awarded by companies operating in the area.

    Notably, AMI was acknowledged as the leading patent producer in its hometown of Norcross, Georgia, besting technology and industrial leaders in neighboring companies such as OFS / FITEL Technologies (USA), Scientific-Atlanta and others. Additionally, AMI was noted in the Time article for having produced 373 patents up to 2015; the nearest local company had amassed nearly 200 fewer than that number.

    The article, which also ranked Norcross as 14th in the nation in terms of patent production, can be viewed here:

    http://time.com/4109303/genius-cities/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

    The local Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper also gave a nod to AMI and its achievement in a related story on the Time report:

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/two-metro-atlanta-cities-named-most-genius-timecom/nrJBD/

    In the words of AMI Founder, President and CEO, Mr. Subramonian Shankar, "This acknowledgment is a tremendous source of pride for AMI employees, not only those at our corporate headquarters in Norcross but at our numerous locations around the globe. Each and every AMI employee takes our commitment to innovation very seriously; it truly is the lifeblood of our company."

    "Gaining recognition for our patent portfolio serves as fuel for our innovative fire, and news such as this will encourage our talented team of researchers and developers around the world to redouble their efforts in designing world-class solutions for the global computing industry," he added.

    American Megatrends Announces Out-of-Band BIOS Configuration through Redfish

    4/18/2016

    NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is proud to announce out-of-band BIOS configuration compatible with DMTF Redfish.

    DMTF's Redfish API platform was created by DMTF's Scalable Platforms Management Forum as an open industry standard specification designed to provide end users simple and powerful, yet scalable management platform hardware. To meet the needs of end users, Redfish allows users to develop solutions that combat homogenous interfaces and reduced functionality. Redfish utilizes a combination of REST, JSON and OData and serves as a secure replacement for IPMI-over-LAN.

    AMI's OOB (Out-of-Band) Firmware Management delivers extended management solutions through the adoption of Redfish between BIOS, BMC and Extensible Management Architecture (EMA). AMI OOB Firmware Management provides complete Redfish support and allows for the consistent exchange of information between the BIOS and BMC. AMI has been diligently working on providing an OOB firmware solution for datacenter solutions providers such as QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology).

    "Out-of-band BIOS configuration is an important feature for our datacenter customers," said Mike Yang, general manager of QCT. "Accessing server management controllers through the network lets datacenter administrators perform remote BIOS setups for many racks of servers simultaneously. It is precisely the kind of efficiency and agility that our customers are looking for."

    To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit http://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.

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    American Megatrends to Attend Intel Developer Forum 2016 in Shenzhen, China

    4/1/2016

    NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is pleased to announce its attendance at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2016 in Shenzhen, China. The event will take place from April 13 – April 14, 2016 and AMI will be located at Booth #828.

    At IDF Shenzhen 2016, AMI will provide live demonstrations of its latest technology, namely AMI Adept for Android, a native "bare metal" Android solution that runs directly on x86 platforms and allows dual OS (WOS & AOS) switching capabilities. Customers will also be granted an up-close and personal view of the AMI Remote BIOS solution that allows customers to remotely configure system setup values via web browsers. Customers can expect to learn more about AMI's advancements in the IoT ecosystem and the large strides it has been making with the AMI LINUX and RTOS solutions. AMI's IoT solutions are equipped to give customers the capabilities of customizing and creating the ideal IoT products/services for their end users. On top of the newest and latest technology from AMI, AMI will feature its line of MegaRAC® manageability solutions, specifically the newly-improved MegaRAC PM-X Server Platform Management Solution driven by Intel®'s Innovation Engine and MegaRAC VUE, the desktop virtualization and zero/thin client solution.

    American Megatrends cordially welcomes all of its customers, partners and media representatives to IDF Shenzhen and invites attendees to visit Booth #828 for a closer look at the latest innovative developments from AMI.

    To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit http://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.

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    StorTrends Ranked as "Excellent" in the DCIG All-Flash Array Buyer's Guide

    12/15/2015

    NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, is pleased to announce that StorTrends received an "Excellent" ranking in the DCIG 2015-2016 Sub-100TB All-Flash Array Buyer's Guide.

    This well-regarded guide from DCIG scores and ranks more than 100 features of thirteen arrays from six different storage providers. The Buyer's Guide offers all of the information an organization should need to make a highly-informed decision as to which all-flash arrays will suit their needs when seeking to purchase storage devices under 100 TB in capacity.

    To mark the occasion, AMI would like to offer a complimentary copy of the report to IT professionals, which can be downloaded from the StorTrends.com website at http://stortrends.com/resources/analyst-reports.

    "The StorTrends 3600i and 3610i All-Flash Array's graded out exceptionally well and we ranked them in the 'Excellent' category of the 2015-2016 DCIG All-Flash Buyers Guide," stated Jerome Wendt, Lead Analyst & President of DCIG. "Out of 29 All-Flash Arrays reviewed during our analysis, we found that the StorTrends 3600i and 3610i AFAs offer a comprehensive feature set including inline deduplication and compression, thin provisioning, automated data tiering and caching, sophisticated replication capabilities and QoS - all at a very impressive price point," he added.

    "The StorTrends 3600i and 3610i All-Flash Arrays are priced at or lower than most Hybrid Storage Arrays - so why buy a Hybrid Storage Array when one can buy a StorTrends All-Flash Array at the same price point?" stated Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends Division at American Megatrends. Bagby added that "StorTrends has implemented an industry-leading deduplication and compression engine that delivers amazing data compaction ratios that take efficiency and cost savings to another level."

    To obtain an online price quote of the StorTrends All-Flash Array, please visit our Online Price Quote Generator at http://stortrends.com/contact-us/price-quote-generator. To learn more about the complete range of StorTrends products and data storage innovations, please visit StorTrends.com.

    About StorTrends:
    StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

    StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

    StorTrends to Attend VMUG End of the Year Event

    12/4/2015

    NORCROSS, GA – (December, 2015) – StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that StorTrends will be attending the Western PA VMUG End Of The Year Event on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

    The event will be held at Penn Brewery Restaurant, in Pittsburgh, PA from 11am to 2pm. StorTrends will be there discussing its initiatives in All-Flash Array, iDATA storage tool and a number of other technological advancements that will be available in the upcoming year.

    "StorTrends iDATA is a software tool that runs in the background of your existing IT environment. Once installed the automated tool runs non-intrusively and will not disrupt any services or create any IO bottlenecks. After completion, the tool will generate a detailed report that contains key metrics of your IT environment; such as capacity utilization, IOPS usage, reads versus writes for volumes, network bandwidth performance, server statistics, hot data versus cold data, deduplication saving estimates and application performance info," said Ben Parker, StorTrends Senior Account Executive.

    StorTrends Helps Cleveland State University Explore New Horizons in Health Care Education

    11/5/2015

    NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, is pleased to announce that Cleveland State University Center for Innovation in Medical Professions (CIMP) in Cleveland, Ohio has elected to secure its data with StorTrends.

    This fall, Cleveland State University opened the doors to its Center for Innovation in Medical Professions, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the study of health care professions in new and innovative ways. Larry Warf, Manager of Technical Services at CSU, was tasked with setting up the infrastructure to support the presidential initiative behind the establishment of this new program and facility.

    During this process, it became clear that the incumbent storage vendor was not the right product for the task – primarily due to the lack of desired features at a cost-effective price. This led to the selection of StorTrends from American Megatrends, due to its ability to handle the large amount of data needed for storage and the fact that the StorTrends solution was offered at a competitive price. Speaking about the selection process, Warf said that "The challenge that we faced was finding a unit capable of storing 20 TBs of video and yet cost-effective."

    With the successful implementation of its StorTrends data storage system, CSU's CIMP is changing the way instructors teach and how medical students learn. Faculty can give lectures that are captured in video format and students can review them. Students can perform medical tasks such as- CPR and medical simulations on an intelligent mannequin that records the students' actions. Video footage from various angles is captured from cameras in the room for instructors to provide feedback.

    "We needed a right-sized, standalone system particularly for this project. The product showed up as quick as a flash and everything worked out of the box and it is doing the job," said Enterprise Systems Administrator Bill Brock.

    "The StorTrends solutions are ideally suited for high-volume data management operations like Cleveland State University. StorTrends offers the high performance and reliability needed to robustly serve mission critical data, together with excellent cost effectiveness to deliver exceptional ROI," commented Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends Division of American Megatrends.

    About Cleveland State University:
    Cleveland State University Center for Innovation in Medical Professions fosters inter-professional education in classrooms and high-tech "collaboratories", where future physicians, nurses and health professionals use a team approach to health-care education to ensure better health, better care and lower health-care costs. For more information on Cleveland State University, please visit: csuohio.edu.

    About StorTrends:
    StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage, hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

    StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

    America’s Auto Auction Switches to Storage Area Network with StorTrends

    10/21/2015

    NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, is pleased to announce that America's Auto Auction, headquartered in Dallas, TX and one of the largest providers of pre-owned car auctions in the US, has elected to secure its data with StorTrends.

    According to America's Auto Auction MIS Director Victor Demaria, the first decision was to make the switch from local storage to a Storage Area Network (SAN). America's Auto Auction then fielded quotes from multiple vendors, including Dell and EMC, before deciding on StorTrends. "In selecting StorTrends, I realized that we could get all of the features the big names offer for half of the price. Plus, AMI has a strong history in technology as an American company - starting all the way back with BIOS. The price, even with all the licenses needed, still came in substantially less than the competition," said Demaria.

    With the addition of StorTrends, Demaria has noticed improved performance in the company's Citrix® XenDesktop™ deployment along with overall employee productivity. Demaria commented that "Thanks to StorTrends, I was able to increase the productivity of my company and still keep the Accounting Department happy."

    Out of the many features that his StorTrends SAN offers, Demaria has taken a particular liking to its failover capability - which helps his department eliminate downtime and assists in the capture of quality backups as well as with data replication. In fact, Demaria and America's Auto Auction were so satisfied with their StorTrends solution that just a few months after the initial install they decided to purchase a second StorTrends unit.

    About America's Auto Auction:
    America's Auto Auction provides weekly auctions to provide liquidity to its sellers and inventory to dealers. Complementing onsite bidding are online auction capabilities which provide the ability to buy and sell vehicles online. America's Auto Auction also provides value-added ancillary services including transportation, reconditioning and other administration services. For more information on America's Auto Auction, please visit: americasautoauction.com.

    Aquatech Selects StorTrends to Boost Performance and Productivity

    9/22/2015

    • Global Leader in Water Purification Replaces NetApp with StorTrends Storage Area Network (SAN)

    NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, is pleased to announce that Aquatech, a global leader in water purification technology headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, has boosted its performance and productivity by selecting high performance storage from StorTrends.

    Before making the switch to StorTrends, Aquatech deployed a NetApp storage array and experienced frequent latency issues. These issues caused vital applications such as SAP, Exchange server and SQL to underperform. In the words of Aquatech IT Enterprise Architect Brian Fraley, "We were being forced to constantly move things, setting up an old out of date server and juggling everything around. It worked, but we were stuck."

    After collecting metrics through the StorTrends iDATA tool, an analysis of the company's complete IT environment was conducted by a StorTrends sales engineer, and a Storage Area Network (SAN) from StorTrends was recommended and configured specifically to the company's needs. Almost immediately, Aquatech noticed significant increases in performance for all of its key applications - including SAP, Exchange, SQL, and VDI - as a direct result of the StorTrends implementation. Aquatech also has incorporated many of the helpful features that are offered with each StorTrends storage appliance such as SSD Caching, SSD Tiering and the Auto Data Tiering capabilities that is a hallmark of StorTrends innovation for keeping the active data on the SSD drives for ultimate performance. Regarding his satisfaction with StorTrends, Fraley summed up his thoughts with these words: "Our end users are more productive and the system is a lot simpler to manage than the previous NetApp system… it now only takes seconds to build a volume, then have it there and ready to go on VMware in less than two minutes."

    "We immediately felt the impact of having a solid backup system in place," said Nathan Buck, NSM's Network Manager. "StorTrends has definitely been a 'set it and forget it' kind of device. In the past we had disks that would frequently fail. StorTrends provides consistent performance."

    "For organizations like Aquatech, high-performance storage from StorTrends delivers the exceptional performance and functionality necessary to optimize resources, boost productivity, and ensure data protection," said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). "StorTrends also provides the flexibility to grow any organization's storage environment as needed, with the high capacity that will meet business and budget requirements well into the future - whether those call for all-flash, hybrid flash, or spinning disk."

    About Aquatech:
    Aquatech is a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets with a focus on desalination, water reuse, and zero liquid discharge. For more information on Aquatech, please visit: http://www.aquatech.com/.

    About StorTrends:
    StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage, hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

    StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

    National Seating & Mobility Boosts Performance, Ensures Data Protection and High Availability (HA) with StorTrends High Performance Storage

    9/22/2015

    • Custom Mobility, Rehabilitation, and Adaptive Seating Systems Provider deploys StorTrends SANs at Primary and Remote Datacenters to ensure Fast and Accurate Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR)

    NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, announced today that National Seating & Mobility (NSM), headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, has deployed StorTrends high performance storage in order to boost storage performance and ensure data protection, high availability (HA), and disaster recovery (DR).

    Prior to implementing the StorTrends' solution, NSM - which specializes in custom mobility, rehabilitation, and adaptive seating systems for those with physical challenges and disabilities - had experienced frequent disk failures that caused backup windows to run much longer than desired. This was due in part to the tremendous growth of the organization over the past 30 years from five locations to a national network of over 1,000 professional Assistive Technology Providers serving clients, therapists, and physicians across the United States. Of necessity, the IT environment expanded as well to include 75 TB of data, supported by 20 HP and Dell physical servers, 50 Hyper-V™ virtual servers, Dell and Cisco network switches, two Microsoft® SQL Server® databases, 100 MySQL® databases, a custom built Adobe® ColdFusion® based in-house CRM, and a 2010 Microsoft Exchange™ server with 1,000 users all running in a Windows® 7 and 8.1 environment.

    With this data growth, NSM knew that its previous solution - a homegrown storage area network (SAN) consisting of multiple older disks for backup - would not suffice long-term. After researching various options, the IT department selected StorTrends high performance storage. StorTrends' compatibility with Veeam® software for onsite production data backup combined with high-speed replication capabilities to an offsite disaster recovery (DR) site were among its many selling points. This NSM took advantage of immediately by deploying a dual controller StorTrends SAN at its primary datacenter in Chattanooga with a mirror StorTrends SAN in Nashville to ensure fast and accurate backup and DR.

    "We immediately felt the impact of having a solid backup system in place," said Nathan Buck, NSM's Network Manager. "StorTrends has definitely been a ‘set it and forget it' kind of device. In the past we had disks that would frequently fail. StorTrends provides consistent performance."

    Buck cited additional benefits to using the new solution as well, including the fact that the StorTrends' device is multi-purpose. While NSM is currently using it for a backup to disk solution, the organization could use it in the future as traditional SAN, or to run it alongside its existing backup system. Buck also credited StorAid™, the StorTrends technical support division, as part of the success of the solution. "The service and support experience has gone extremely well," explained Buck. "Any time questions arise, they are there to answer our questions quickly and accurately."

    "The StorTrends solutions are a perfect fit for the tiered data management structures in today's enterprises, as NSM quickly discovered," said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. "These solutions offer management ease, with the high performance and reliability required to serve mission critical data. Moreover, StorTrends is the right solution for the future, giving National Seating & Mobility the flexibility to grow their storage environment how and when they need to – whether its all-flash, hybrid flash or spinning disk, based on their own application and budgetary requirements."

    About National Seating & Mobility:
    National Seating & Mobility clients are often severely physically challenged. The majority are pediatrics with diagnoses of birth defects, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Spina Bifida. NSM also serves teens, adults, and seniors challenged with severe trauma, disease, and skeletal disorders. For more information on National Seating & Mobility, please visit: http://nsm-seating.com/.

    About StorTrends:
    StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage, hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

    StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

    Mighty Auto Parts Supercharges its Datacenter with High Performance Storage from StorTrends

    9/15/2015

    • Auto Parts Distributor Mighty Auto Parts Solves Capacity Issues and Prepares for Future Growth with the Help of StorTrends

    NORCROSS, GA: StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that Mighty Auto Parts, headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, has increased storage capacity in its data center and is now prepared to handle future data growth after switching to high performance storage from StorTrends.

    Prior to implementing a solution from StorTrends, Mighty Auto Parts - with 114 locations and partnered with approximately 12,000 repair facilities nationwide - had reached its maximum data storage capacity and required frequent disk cleanup efforts to maintain the system. Director of IT Mark Spruill and Network Administrator Susan Dunson began to notice that individual file storage was consuming much of the company's bulk storage and the backup process was becoming more difficult.

    With a complex IT environment consisting of 10 servers, over 20 virtual servers, network switches, 10 databases and a mail server supporting 50 users with over 100 mailboxes, the sheer volume of spreadsheets, documents, pictures, videos and presentations made the file system uncontained and unmanageable with the Direct Attached Storage (DAS) system and HP storage server in use at the time.

    The StorTrends Team arranged for Mighty Auto Parts to test the StorTrends solution in their IT environment for 30 days, quickly convincing Spruill and the department of both its performance and value. Spruill commented that "The cost and value were ideal, and StorTrends put its money where its mouth was and gave us a 30-day demo of the box. After the 30 days there was no way I was giving it back."

    The original purpose of the StorTrends storage system provided to Mighty Auto Parts was simply for bulk data storage, but its flexibility also gave the IT Department the option to expand and replicate its data to another off-site location in the future. Spruill added that "A lot of the other solutions we looked at only did backup or were storage-only or were geared towards large enterprise companies; StorTrends did everything. StorTrends is the perfect small to medium-sized business solution. A lot of companies will say they have solutions for small to medium-sized corporations but they are not priced in medium-sized dollars."

    For her part, Dunson added that the outstanding technical support that Mighty Auto Parts has received is a vital part of the organization's overall satisfaction with StorTrends. "The StorTrends technical support representatives keep great case notes and are professional, courteous and knowledgeable," she said. Spruill added that "The StorTrends solution is performing as promised and we keep finding more and more useful things we can do with this technology."

    "For organizations like Mighty Auto Parts, StorTrends high-performance storage delivers the exceptional performance and functionality necessary to optimize resources, boost productivity, and ensure data protection," said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends Division of American Megatrends. "Additionally, StorTrends provides the flexibility to grow any organization's storage environment as needed, with the high capacity that will meet business and budget requirements well into the future - whether those call for all-flash, hybrid flash, or spinning disk."

    About Mighty Auto Parts:
    Mighty Auto Parts is dedicated to serving the professional automotive repair market with select, high quality products and superior customer support services. Mighty sources the highest quality auto parts from the world's leading OE manufacturers, serving as the lynch-pin between manufacturers and only professional technicians from coast-to-coast. For more information on Mighty Auto Parts, visit: http://mightyautoparts.com/.

    For more details on Mighty Auto Parts' StorTrends deployment, read the complete case study at: http://stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/.

    About StorTrends:
    StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. torTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage, hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

    StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

    Embedded World 2017 Exhibition & Conference

    Once again, AMI joins the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference, which takes place this year from March 14 to March 16, 2017. The Embedded World Exhibition & Conference is the world's biggest exhibition of its kind and is a key meeting place of the international embedded community, shaping the character of the embedded world by showcasing the full range of embedded technologies in hardware, software, tools and development services.

    Aptio V UEFI BIOS Summit 2016 Munich

    American Megatrends warmly welcomes its customers and partners to attend the Aptio V UEFI BIOS Summit 2016 Munich to learn about all of the newest developments for Aptio V and get an exclusive preview of the latest innovations AMI has to offer. To learn more about the event and to register, please visit: https://ami.com/contact-us/uefi-bios-summit-event-signup-form/

    Cincinnati - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on October 5th for a Steak and Storage event at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Cincinnati.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Cleveland - Steak & Storage at The Morton's Steakhouse

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on October 4th for a Steak and Storage event at Morton's The Steakhouse in Cleveland.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays versus All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Dallas - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on October 4th for a Steak and Storage event at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Dallas.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Chicago - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on September 27th for a Steak and Storage event at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Chicago.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    UEFI Plugfest - Fall 2016

    This session will provide an overview of Out of Band BIOS remote management. The REST protocol, which allows for operations with server processes staging Out Of Band requests, can be layered on the platform interface with an integrated baseboard management controller (BMC) or with remote servers. UEFI provides extensive networking support for the pre-boot environment, including secure communication protocols like HTTPS. Checking for staged Out Of Band requests provides a highly manageable solution applicable to a variety of platform with or without a BMC. For more information about the event, please visit the following URL:

    Cleveland - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on May 12th for a Steak and Storage event at Morton's The Steakhouse in Cleveland.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Toledo - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on May 11th for a Steak and Storage event at Mancy's Steakhouse in Toledo.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Troy-Detroit - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on May 10th for a Steak and Storage event at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Troy-Detroit.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Virtual Lunch & Learn

    Join us on Tuesday,November 17th at 1:00pm EST for this informative virtual lunch-and-learn event where we will discuss the benefits of All-Flash Storage.

    Click here to register

    Houston - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on October 15th for a Steak and Storage event at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Houston.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Dallas - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on October 14th for a Steak and Storage event at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Dallas.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Fort Worth - Steak & Storage at Ruth's Chris Steak House

    Join solutions engineers from StorTrends on October 13th for a Steak and Storage event at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Fort Worth.

    Enjoy a complimentary steak lunch while you listen to solutions engineers from the StorTrends team reveal the different technologies around Hybrid SSD Storage Arrays and All-Flash Storage Arrays. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to both Hybrid and All-Flash and how each could affect your applications and performance. From high performance databases to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) learn the best practices for leveraging SSD performance in your environment.

    You need to attend this Steak & Storage event if:

    • You have questions about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • You are contemplating Hybrid Storage or All-Flash SSD Storage
    • You are interested in determining the hot or active data within your environment

    Register now and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to network with your IT peers!

    Virtual Lunch & Learn

    Join us on Thursday, October 1st at 1:00pm EDT for this informative virtual lunch-and-learn event to learn about best practices of implementing hybrid storage systems for different applications.

    Join us on Thursday, October 1st at 1:00PM EDT for this informative virtual lunch-and-learn event where we will compare and contrast new storage technology solutions such as Hyper-Converged, Virtual SAN, Server-Side Cache, Hybrid Arrays and All-Flash arrays as well as how to accelerate performance of your applications.

    Click here to register

    StorTrends 3500i Demo

    Customer Quote

    The StorTrends ManageTrends GUI is absolutely the best GUI I've seen. It's ridiculously easy to use. That and StorTrends highly affordable pricing made it a compelling product for our Tier II and III needs. The StorTrends solutions at First Option have been a very good investment. The SANs do exactly as promised. For the money and ease of use, StorTrends is a real value.
    Matt Berry, VP of Information Technology
    First Option Mortgage