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GRIDSTORE Achieves a Microsoft Gold Partner Status for OEM Competency

Gridstore Demonstrates Best-in-Class Capability and Market Leadership Through Demonstrated Technology Success and Customer Commitment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- Gridstore™, a leader in software-defined storage (SDS) optimized for Windows Servers and Hyper-V that accelerates application performance, announced it has attained a Gold level OEM competency, demonstrating a "best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem. With their industry leading solution, Gridstore delivers scalable storage that addresses the primary storage challenges that impact application performance in virtual environments and give customers control to deliver the performance needed by their business critical applications.

Unique in the market as being only storage purpose-built for Hyper-V and Windows 2012 environments, Gridstore's storage solutions accelerate application performance up to four times at half the cost of traditional SANs. By addressing the critical issues of performance, scalability and ease-of-use in a cost effective manner, Gridstore helps companies achieve business objectives.Gridstore's innovative solutions have revolutionized data storage with a storage grid architecture that delivers excellent performance, exceptional ease of use and great scalability. The high-performance storage, that starts with as little as 36TB yet grows to 3PB, provides the ideal cost-effective solution for clients of all sizes.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

With end-to-end control of the I/O using its server-side patented Gridstore vController™ and storage building blocks, Gridstore's software-defined storage delivers optimized application performance for Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 environments. Eliminating the I/O blender effect (when VM's contend for I/O, negatively impacting performance) and automatically optimizing on an application-by-application basis, users can see up to four times the performance of traditional SANs, but at one-half the cost.
With true end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS), application performance can be prioritized individually to deliver highest levels of service to the most critical business applications. Using Gridstore's storage building blocks, which are either capacity or performance optimized, the grid can start small and scale incrementally, helping to control budget and manage resource allocation. Designed to get up and running in minutes, Gridstore offers management simplicity with maximum control.

"This Microsoft Gold OEM competency showcases our expertise in Microsoft Windows Server and Hyper-V and commitment to Microsoft and its channel partners," said George Symons, CEO. "By delivering a unique storage solution, purpose built for Windows Server Hyper-V, we are able to provide our customers market leading price/performance, scalability from 12TB to 3PB with predictable linear performance increases and an easy to manage solution leveraging standard Windows administrative tools."

"By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology," said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology."

Based on the proven premise that all traditional storage suffers from the I/O blender effect that severely impacts application performance in virtual environments, Gridstore uses patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect at the source. Additionally, SVCT enables the Gridstore virtual controller (vController) to use self-optimizing techniques to accelerate each application's performance, and delivers the industry's only end-to-end storage Quality of Service (QoS) to guarantee performance for the most important applications. In addition to this, it enables massively parallel performance scaling with its pay-as-you-scale grid architecture. Gridstore 3 is built from the ground up to accelerate application performance in virtualized environments and eliminate virtualization issues facing almost 60 per cent of enterprises today.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

About Gridstore
Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore's performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few as 3 nodes and then can grow one or more at a time to deliver a cost effective scale-as-you-grow solution. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA. its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers, integrators and service providers. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridstore.com

© 2014 Gridstore. All rights reserved. Gridstore, the Gridstore logo, AutoPilot, vmOptimized, Direct I/O, FlashGrid, Grid, GridControl, GridProtect, GridScale, GridSensor, Server-side Virtual Controller Technology (SVCT), Thin-Provisioned vLUNS, TrueQoS, vController, vPool, and vStore are registered trademarks or pending trademarks of Gridstore in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information regarding products, services and offerings may be superseded by subsequent documents and are subject to change without notice. For the latest information and specifications regarding Gridstore and any of its offerings or services, please visit www.gridstore.com.

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