Gridstore Enables Winthrop University to Accelerate Application Performance, Increase Scalability and Eliminate the Need to Over-Provision Storage Resources

Nationally Accredited College Overcomes Obstacles of Traditional Storage with Gridstore’s Optimized Storage at 1/3 the Cost of its SAN Infrastructure

Mountain View, Calif. – July 10, 2013 – Gridstore™, the leader in optimized storage for the modern data center, today announced that Winthrop University, a nationally accredited college, has implemented the Grid to accelerate its disk-to-disk backup operations, increase scalability and eliminate the need to over-provision storage resources. Unlike traditional one-size-fits-all storage that results in wasted storage resources and compromised application performance, the Grid delivers custom-fit storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments.

Winthrop manages a centralized storage infrastructure that includes over 100 Windows and Linux servers. Using a mix of direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) resources, the college was finding that storage limitations were negatively impacting application performance and reliability, as well as eliminating flexibility for future expansion. Its DAS was inflexible, its NAS was inefficient to scale and created islands of storage to manage, and its SAN solutions’ costs were skyrocketing.

After researching its options, Winthrop University selected Gridstore’s optimized storage solution, the Grid. The Grid is software-defined storage that combines patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ (SVC) technology with a powerful grid architecture. The Grid utilizes massively parallel I/O and parallel processing that grows more powerful as it grows larger. Now Winthrop can independently scale capacity, I/O and processing to meet its specific requirements simply by attaching affordable storage nodes to its network – at one-third the cost of its existing SAN infrastructure.
“Once we began to look for new storage solutions to upgrade our SAN and NAS environment, we heard about Gridstore,” said James Hammond, associate vice president for information technology at Winthrop University. “The Grid offered a value proposition we couldn’t pass up. With great scalability, superior cost control and automatic optimization for our applications, there was no need to over-provision our storage as we had to before.”

Based on its positive experience with the Grid in its back up infrastructure, the college will leverage Gridstore to optimize its Windows Hyper-V Server environment, with a goal to achieve 100% data redundancy for its virtual infrastructure in an offsite datacenter. Winthrop will leverage the Grid to help it achieve this goal with a storage solution that grows more powerful as it scales while eliminating application I/O performance bottlenecks. Coupled with the value of a “Pay-as-you-Scale” flexible pricing model, Winthrop will achieve both cost and performance efficiency.

“We are pleased to add Winthrop to our growing customer roster as we continue to deliver value and expand our footprint in the education market,” said George Symons, CEO, Gridstore. “With the Grid, Winthrop can now independently scale capacity, I/O and processing while eliminating costly storage upgrades. We look forward to working with them by delivering the best combination of performance and price as they move forward to implement their Hyper-V environment.”

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Gridstore is the leading provider of optimized storage for the modern data center. Unlike traditional one-size-fits-all storage systems that cannot optimize in mixed workload environments common in today’s data center – the Grid uses patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ (SVC) technology to deliver custom-fit storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments in mid-sized enterprises. By combining SVC technology with a grid architecture, the Grid delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the performance of your most important application or VM is never compromised. The Grid allows you to Pay-as-you-Scale to meet your specific needs and grows more powerful as it grows larger simply by adding storage nodes. Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. For more information, please visit: