Silicon Mechanics to Showcase Popular zStax Open Storage Solution Powered by Nexentastor at SCaLE 12xReduces lifecycle storage costs by decoupling hardware from software
Silicon Mechanics, Inc. will be highlighting the enormous success of its zStax ZFS unified storage solution by sponsoring SCaLE 12x, the 12th annual Southern California Linux Expo. The conference will be held February 21-23, 2014, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel, and Silicon Mechanics will be exhibiting in Booth 9. Since its launch only 18 months ago, zStax has proven to be an extremely practical software-defined storage alternative to expensive legacy storage options, helping companies significantly reduce lifecycle storage costs.
SCaLE 12x attendees are invited to stop by the booth to help Silicon Mechanics celebrate its success and view a live real-time demonstration of the zStax unified storage appliance. The demonstration will show how zStax storage delivers on features, function, and price, helping customers move away from the vendor lock-in associated with legacy systems. During the demonstration, industry expert Tommy Scherer will show how the zStax highly available architecture seamlessly handles load failover
"Using the consultative approach embodied in our "Expert included" pledge, we are helping customers realize the benefits of software-defined storage," said Eva Cherry, CEO and President of Silicon Mechanics. "We are reducing the risk and the arduous work associated with transitioning away from legacy storage."
As a premier reseller for Nexenta, Silicon Mechanics has achieved double-digit quarter-over-quarter revenue growth for the zStax product line. zStax is powered by NexentaStor™, a fully featured NAS/SAN software platform with enterprise-class capabilities that address the challenges presented by ever-growing datasets.
"As a partner, Silicon Mechanics brings a tremendous amount of value," said Nexenta's Director of West Coast Sales, Chris Grim. "Nexenta has received a great deal of positive feedback about how well Silicon Mechanics works with customers to develop and deploy a tailored storage infrastructure that can easily scale capacity and performance beyond traditional storage system limits. This system handles rapidly expanding volumes of data and workloads easily while still guaranteeing service level agreements with in-house users — and without breaking the bank."
A significant portion of IT budgets is devoted to maintaining storage. zStax customers realize significant savings, especially when considering the entire platform on a 5-year refresh cycle. Hardware is continually getting better, faster, and cheaper, so zStax customers can take advantage of the savings achieved as the cost of hardware goes down. Companies can also gain access to new technology as it becomes available, instead of waiting for their legacy storage system to adopt it. For example, Silicon Mechanics expects to move toward a 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) standard in 2014, doubling throughput from the current 6Gb/s SAS industry standard used in most legacy systems.
Software-defined storage is revolutionizing the way businesses look at storage infrastructure. Drop by the booth to see how Silicon Mechanics is leading the charge with zStax and NexentaStor, and in the meantime, take a look at customer case studies that demonstrate how companies in a wide range of vertical markets are benefitting from the highly scalable zStax approach.