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New Zadara Storage Solution Using iSER RDMA Boosts Application Performance and Reduces Costs

Zadara™ Storage today announced a new high performance storage as a service (STaaS) solution offering for private clouds – the Zadara iSER VPSA™ - using a first of its kind Ethernet transport mechanism for exceptional performance at reduced costs. The latest generation of its award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array™ services, iSER VPSA takes advantage of iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) using 40 Gigabit Ethernet to cut latency and boost application performance. Zadara Storage is the first vendor to offer a storage array supporting this next generation Ethernet-based transport. While all block-based applications running on Zadara iSER VPSA will see significant improvements, latency-sensitive databases will see a marked improvement in their transaction per second (TPS) count.

Developed in collaboration with Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX), a pioneer in RDMA-based networking, the iSER VPSA works by delivering iSCSI storage traffic over 40 Gigabit Ethernet, with minimal overhead. Traffic goes directly to applications’ memory buffers, hence minimizing latency at every step. The Mellanox NIC based iSER VPSA solution offers significant application level performance improvements while being comparably priced to ordinary Ethernet solutions without RDMA capabilities.

Zadara Storage is the world’s only provider of fully-managed NAS and SAN in the cloud and on-premises with elasticity, high QoS, scalability, privacy and pay-as-you-go pricing. This latest offering, iSER VPSA, is available for customers of the recently announced OPaaS (On-Premise as a Service) offering who use Mellanox iSER compatible NICs on site at no additional charge. As with other Zadara Storage solutions, Zadara Storage’s iSER VPSA incorporates the same hallmark multitenancy, high QoS, dedicated, private drives, hourly metering, consumption pricing, and full suite of enterprise storage features. Zadara iSER VPSA is available in addition to the company’s existing Storage as a Service (STaaS) solutions deployed at public clouds providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Dimension Data, CloudSigma, and others.

“The Zadara iSER VPSA storage platform is an ideal solution to boost application performance using iSER over RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet),” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The combined solution of Zadara’s iSER VPSA with Mellanox RDMA-based 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs delivers substantially improved latency and throughput compared to more costly interfaces like Fibre Channel, and thus delivers cost savings and converged enterprise storage for private clouds of all sizes.”

“Hot on the heels of our OPaaS announcement, which brings the power of a cloud business model to private storage, we are innovating again with our iSER VPSA solution,” added Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “With it we can now deliver to our customers more performance and potentially save them money. It is noteworthy that, thanks to our patented software defined storage architecture, we were able to be the first to deliver this breakthrough capability to the market.”

Zadara Storage is showcasing its new iSER VPSA as well as the recently debuted VPSA On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS) solution at the VMworld Innovator’s Pavilion.

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About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.

About Zadara Storage

Zadara Storage is a pioneer provider of enterprise storage as a service (STaaS), delivering high-performance, highly available and predictable (QoS) file and block storage, in a pay-as-you-go model for on-premises deployment and via global service providers. The company’s patent-pending, software-defined Virtual Private Storage Arrays™ (VPSA™) deliver flexible, multi-tenant enterprise SAN and NAS technology for peta-scale primary and secondary storage. With isolated resources, exceptional data security, management control and predictable performance, VPSAs meet the most stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs), even in public cloud deployments. Its as-a-service model offers enterprises, SMBs and startups a flexible, agile and cost-efficient storage infrastructure, available on-premise and through a wide range of worldwide cloud and colocation providers, including a value-added relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS). For more information visit www.zadarastorage.com.

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