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FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, today announced a contract award for emergency notification services from MainSource Financial Group (NASDAQ National Market “MSFG”), a community-focused, financial holding company with assets of approximately $2.9 billion. Through the multi-year service agreement, Cassidian Communications will provide MainSource and its subsidiaries access to The Communicator!® NXT™ SaaS (Software as a Service) emergency notification solution, recognized globally for its performance and reliability in times of crisis.
Archie M. Brown, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of MainSource Financial Group, stated, “In an emergency situation, this notification solution enables MainSource to efficiently and effectively communicate to all employees, instruct on next steps, gather information and keep everyone informed on the status of the crisis.”
MainSource Financial Group operates 76 full-service offices throughout Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio through its banking subsidiary, MainSource Bank, headquartered in Greensburg, Ind. Through its non-banking subsidiary, MainSource Title LLC, the company provides various related financial services.
The Communicator! NXT solution, which is used by hundreds of public and private sector organizations globally, supports high-volume, multi-modal and increasingly complex communication strategies for business continuity and disaster recovery. The fully hosted application rapidly alerts and intelligently mobilizes key players, including company management, IT personnel, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and others as required. It also captures essential feedback such as individual arrival times, enabling faster, more informed decision making in contingencies, and provides comprehensive reporting for a full audit trail.
“For MainSource, the benefits of implementing emergency notification technology are many,” said Brown. “Communications to our entire workforce can now be centralized, with pre-programmed scenarios and groupings for a more concise communication plan. In addition, contact information will be more reliable due to the Self-Registration Portal, through which employees will be able to maintain and update their own contact information.”
Together, Cassidian Communications field engineers and representatives of MainSource Financial Group finalized the deployment and testing of The Communicator! NXT solution for the company in mid-July. Employees of the consumer and commercial financial services organizations took part in Cassidian Communications University, a comprehensive user training program, in August.
MainSource Financial Group initially plans to build emergency notification scenarios for situations such as inclement weather and IT disruptions. Like other clients of Cassidian Communications, the company will expand The Communicator! NXT solution to include other communications¾emergency and non-emergency alike¾over time.
“Having supported the emergency notification needs of so many financial organizations throughout our company’s history, it is both an honor and a privilege to add MainSource Financial Group to our continually growing list of clients,” said Mary Wathen, chief operating officer, Cassidian Communications. “We are ready to assist this dynamic organization with its business continuity strategy and ultimately its mission to be the premier community financial services company in the Midwest.”
Cassidian Communications continues to serve clients ranging from public safety operations to Fortune 1000 corporations to federal agencies. Collectively, the company has more than 40 years of experience deploying 9-1-1 call processing solutions, emergency notification systems and first-responder digital trunked radio networks.
As the largest and most trusted source of mission critical communications solutions, Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is leading the way in standards-based NG9-1-1 call center applications, notification solutions and services, and P25 land mobile radio systems.
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $12 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 220,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.
“Despite the fact that wildfires, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms persist, and major storms continue to impact Coastal States, the numbers indicate that many families and businesses have not taken the steps to be prepared to handle a disaster,” said Marty Henry, Vice President, Travelers Risk Control. “Now is the time to avoid being complacent and take the necessary steps to get your home and business ready.”
Travelers recommends three steps to help families and business owners prepare for disaster:
· Make a survival kit – Pack enough supplies to last between three and seven days for your family and pet(s). For businesses, make sure you have copies of important documents and contact lists that you can find and reference after the storm.
· Map out an evacuation plan – Have a plan for where your family will evacuate. A solid business continuity plan should include information to share with employees about steps the business would take if it were impacted by a disaster.
· Create an inventory – Be sure to have a copy of your home’s inventory in a separate location. The Insurance Information Institute offers a home inventory app, making it easy for families to create one. For businesses, Travelers’ alliance with the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has Open for Business®, a comprehensive toolkit to help plan ahead.
“While many may think the large-scale catastrophe may not happen to them, even pop-up thunderstorms can cause significant property damage and they occurred 28 times more frequently than hurricanes in the first half of 2012,” added Henry. “This is just one example of how vulnerable individuals and business owners may be if they are not prepared.”
For additional information on ways to get prepared, visit the Prepare & Prevent and Protect Your Business pages on Travelers.com.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage sold primarily through independent agents and brokers. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and operations in the United States and selected international markets. The company generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2011. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.
COLUMBUS, OHIO –Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced the three-year performance results of the Emerson Global Data Center, located on Emerson’s corporate campus in St. Louis, Mo. Constructed in 2009 as part of an effort to consolidate Emerson’s data centers globally, the facility has exceeded expectations for availability, capacity and efficiency. Emerson also released a new video today to celebrate the data center’s third anniversary and showcase the results, which include:
- Efficiency 39 percent greater than today’s average data center
- 100 percent availability, even when hit with extreme weather
- 80 percent server virtualization
- LEED Gold recognition
In addition to playing a major role in Emerson’s consolidation efforts, another goal for the 35,000 square-foot data center was to use the same best practices and technologies that Emerson Network Power recommends to customers. The first best practice employed was using Emerson Network Power’s Energy Logic roadmap to guide each decision that was made to ensure efficient energy use and to optimize space, power and cooling. Energy Logic leverages the cascade effect that occurs when lower energy consumption at the component and device level is magnified by reducing demand on support systems.
Following all Energy Logic steps allowed the data center to operate at a 39 percent more efficient level than the average data center operating today. In fact, Energy Logic played a major role in the data center becoming LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. The project surpassed its green building-goal of achieving LEED Silver recognition and instead won LEED Gold based on sustainability practices, the materials used, indoor environmental quality, energy use and design innovation. One notable example was deploying a 100-kilowatt solar array, which has provided the equivalent of powering 18 homes since the solar array began operating.
“When we started out, we expected to have virtualization rates of about 70 percent,” said Jake Fritz, vice president of infrastructure and operations for Emerson. “But as we’ve grown over time and consolidated more, we’ve actually reached 80 percent or more.”
Other than through virtualization, the highly flexible capacity of the data center is a result of designing the facility to scale three-fold. The extra space won’t be needed immediately, however. Between virtualization and increased equipment efficiency, there is enough raised floor space to handle the next 3-5 years of capacity and growth expectations.
The Emerson Global Data Center, which meets the criteria that The Uptime Institute has set for a Tier III facility, has been always-on for the past three years.
“We had an F4 tornado that went through and ripped the St. Louis airport apart, came within a mile of our data center and took out a lot of power to the area,” Fritz said. “But we didn’t see one minute of downtime.” The 100 percent availability experienced by the data center is credited to multiple layers of electrical redundancy, as well as a building design that can withstand an 8.0 earthquake.
The STORServer EBA 3100, which represents a different tier of backup appliances than what other providers on the market currently offer, scored so highly overall that it fell outside of the two standard deviations that DCIG generally uses as a guideline for inclusion and exclusion of products. Its score in the Buyer’s Guide was notably higher than the next closest model, which is significant considering that nearly 70 backup appliances were evaluated in this Buyer’s Guide. The EBA 3100 is the largest model in the STORServer appliance line offering up to 1 petabyte of data storage.
“We included the EBA 3100 in this Buyer’s Guide because we haven’t come across any other backup appliances that come close to matching its software and hardware attributes, putting the model in a class of its own,” said Jerome Wendt, president and lead analyst for DCIG. “As such, we felt it would be doing the market a disservice by not informing them that this superior backup appliance existed and was generally available for purchase.”
The STORServer EBA 3100, 2100, 1100 and 800 models took four of the top five positions in the Buyer’s Guide.
“To garner four of the top five positions in such a prestigious analysis of backup appliances on the market today stands as the highest compliment of our efforts in providing best-in-class appliances,” said John Pearring, manager of sales and marketing for STORServer. “We are thrilled by the conclusions of DCIG’s comprehensive study.”
STORServer’s appliance solutions offer a robust feature set making them easy to install, use and manage on a daily basis, as well as a support model that enables a stronger total cost of ownership than its competitors. STORServer customers have the ability to incorporate all recent technological advances, such as global deduplication, virtual machine data protection management, block level incrementals and production-available replication, into the backup appliance.
“These hardware features coupled with EBA 3100’s high scores in every other category should give enterprises a high degree of confidence that this model will satisfy and likely exceed whatever backup workloads or requirements they have,” said Wendt. “Those organizations needing a backup appliance with the most robust set of features available on the market may start and stop with the STORServer EBA 3100.”
While the EBA 3100 scored at the top or near the top in every category in the Buyer’s Guide, it was the only backup appliance to earn an “Enterprise” rating in the “Hardware” category. The model distinguished itself with its support for Active-Active controllers, a large amount of storage capacity, multiple storage networking interfaces and high levels of redundancy.
“We have worked diligently with IBM to focus on the enterprise quality of our appliances,” said Bill Smoldt, president and CEO of STORServer. “Their excellence in product development has made possible STORServer’s presentation of our data backup appliance lines. They deserve our recognition and thanks for this honor as the only enterprise level backup appliance in the marketplace.”
Built on IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, STORServer offers a complete suite of enterprise backup appliances, plus software and services that solve today’s backup, archive and disaster recovery challenges. For more information on the company’s line of data backup solutions, visit http://www.storserver.com.
WASHINGTON - As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac continue to impact portions of the country, FEMA kicked off the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, which occurs every September.
On Friday, August 31, 2012, President Obama signed a proclamation designating September as National Preparedness Month. The effort is led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Ad Council. The campaign is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Only 60 percent of Americans say preparation for natural or man-made disasters is very important to them, yet only a staggering 17 percent of Americans claim to be very prepared for an emergency situation.
"This year's wildfires, the derecho, and Hurricane Isaac are all important reminders that disasters can happen anytime and anywhere," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "By taking steps now to prepare for emergencies, we ensure that our families and communities are prepared to respond and recover from all types of disasters and hazards. Together, our efforts will build a stronger and more resilient nation."
Readiness is a shared responsibility, and FEMA asks all Americans to make the pledge to prepare this month and truly help themselves, their neighbors and their communities be Ready. People can get started by visiting www.Ready.gov/today and download a family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists, and get information on how to get involved locally. Be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area, and the appropriate way to respond.
National Preparedness Month is supported by a coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations that help spread the preparedness message. Last year, FEMA had a record number of 8,952 coalition members. This year, FEMA expects to have another record-breaking number of coalition members. By hosting events, promoting volunteer programs and sharing emergency preparedness information, coalition members can help ensure that their communities are prepared for emergencies. To become an NPM Coalition Member and find readiness events that may be taking place near you, visit: http://community.fema.gov.
During National Preparedness Month, and throughout the year, FEMA and the Ad Council to prepare in advance for all types of natural disasters. The Ready Campaign's websites (ready.gov and listo.gov) and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide free emergency preparedness information and resources available in English and Spanish.
Follow FEMA online at http://blog.fema.gov, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Not yet known if strain will cause more outbreaks than previous years
A new strain of norovirus called GII.4 Sydney was the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in the United States from September to December 2012, according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new strain was detected in Australia in March 2012, and caused outbreaks in that country and several other countries.
CDC researchers analyzed 2012 data collected through CaliciNet on norovirus strains associated with outbreaks in the United States. They found that of the 266 norovirus outbreaks reported during the last four months of 2012, 141 were caused by the GII.4 Sydney strain.
“The new strain spread rapidly across the United States from September to December 2012,” said Dr. Aron Hall, epidemiologist, CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases (DVD). “The proportion of reported outbreaks caused by this strain increased dramatically from 19 percent in September to 58 percent in December.”
Norovirus is very contagious. In the United States, norovirus is the number one cause of acute gastroenteritis, which leads to diarrhea and vomiting. Each year, more than 21 million people in the United States get infected and develop acute gastroenteritis; approximately 800 die. Young children and elderly adults have the highest risk for severe illness.
Norovirus spreads primarily from infected people to others through direct contact. It also spreads through contaminated food, water, and surfaces. Norovirus infections are common during this time of the year. Most outbreaks occur from November to April, and activity usually peaks in January.
“New norovirus strains often lead to more outbreaks but not always,” said Dr. Jan Vinjé, director of CaliciNet. Over the past decade, new strains of GII.4 have emerged about every 2 to 3 years. “We found that the new GII.4 Sydney strain replaced the previously predominant GII.4 strain.”
Better surveillance in the United States and abroad have helped to detect new strains of norovirus sooner. Early identification of new strains helps to alert the public and health professionals to better prevent infections and control outbreaks.
Health professionals should remain vigilant to potential increases in norovirus infection this season due to GII.4 Sydney. They should follow standard prevention and control measures for norovirus. People should know that the best ways to help prevent norovirus infection include washing hands with soap and water, disinfecting surfaces, rinsing fruits and vegetables, cooking shellfish thoroughly, and not preparing food or caring for others while ill.
“Right now, it’s too soon to tell whether the new strain of norovirus will lead to more outbreaks than in previous years. However, CDC continues to work with state partners to watch this closely and see if the strain is associated with more severe illness,” said Dr. Hall.
For more information on norovirus, visit CDC’s norovirus Web site at www.cdc.gov/norovirus.
WASHINGTON -- Americans are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile devices during emergencies to provide information, useful tools and a way to let loved ones know they are safe, according to a new survey conducted by the American Red Cross.
Mobile apps now tie social media as the fourth-most popular way to get information in an emergency, following TV, radio and online news. The Red Cross survey found that 20 percent of Americans said they have gotten some kind of emergency information from an app, including emergency apps, those sponsored by news outlets and privately developed apps.
"We've monitored more than 100,000 mentions about Hurricane Isaac on social media," said Wendy Harman, director of social strategy of the Red Cross. "People are stressed out, scared and seeking information. Social media and apps become a way to reach out to them with emotional support and tips on staying safe."
The survey also identified a subsection of the population deemed "emergency social users," people who are the most dedicated users of social media during emergencies. These users are likely to take a safety or preparedness action based on the information they see in their social networks. Three out of four of these users say they've contacted friends and family to see if they were safe and more than a third say social information has motivated them to gather supplies or seek safe shelter.
Other key findings include:
- Emergency social users are also most likely to seek and share information during emergencies. While they look for the hard facts—road closures, damage reports and weather conditions—they share personal information about their safety statuses and how they are feeling.
- Three out of four Americans (76 percent) expect help in less than three hours of posting a request on social media, up from 68 percent last year.
- Forty percent of those surveyed said they would use social tools to tell others they are safe, up from 24 percent last year.
The Red Cross continues to encourage people to call 9-1-1 as the best first action when in need of emergency assistance. At the same time, the organization is responding to the interest in mobile assistance by releasing a series of free apps for both iPhone and Android users.
The Red Cross introduced apps for shelter locations, first aid tips and instruction and hurricane preparedness, the last of which also includes a flashlight feature as well as one-touch, "I'm safe" messaging that connects directly to the users' social media channels Red Cross plans to unveil several other preparedness apps throughout the fall. Links to the apps can be found at redcross.org//prepare/mobile-apps.
For more information and to view the full survey and infographic, visit redcross.org.
Two similar polls were fielded during the period June 14-17 by CARAVAN® ORC International using two methodologies. The first was online survey of 1,017 respondents representative of the U.S. population aged 18 and older on June 14-17, 2012. Respondents for the online survey were selected from among those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. The data have been weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the 18+ population. Because the sample is based on those who initially self-selected for participation, no estimates of sampling error can be calculated. The second was a telephone survey of 1,018 U.S. adults 18 years and older on June 14-17, 2012 conducted by CARAVAN® ORC International. Margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.
Columbus, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced the availability of its Dynamic Cooling Assessment for data centers in the United States. The service employs sensors and wireless communications to track environmental temperature and humidity in order to effectively apply industry-leading engineering expertise to the management of the data center environment. The assessment service is a cost-effective, long-term approach to gaining the benefits of a data center cooling and efficiency assessment.
“Managing the ideal environment in a data center is a never-ending challenge,” said Brian Humes, vice president and general manager, Emerson Network Power’s Liebert Services business. “IT loads change and grow as equipment is replaced or upgraded; airflow and cooling effectiveness are altered when infrastructure ages, moves or gets enhanced with new technologies. The Dynamic Cooling Assessment provides real-time engineering analysis of the cooling infrastructure.”
Continuous, real-time performance tracking enables trends and problems with temperature and airflow to be identified before they jeopardize IT load availability. When issues are identified, solutions are recommended to prevent environmental problems such as hot spots, over-cooling and cooling system inefficiency.
The Emerson Network Power Dynamic Cooling Assessment includes installation of wireless transmitters, Liebert Sensor Network and Ntegrity Gateway without disruption to data center operations. Quarterly reports can be generated to provide trending analysis, identification and prioritization of potential problems affecting availability or efficiency, and detailed recommendations for corrective action. An annual Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model is also generated allowing end-users to plan and optimize future data center changes.
For more information on any other Liebert technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today introduced Energy Logic 2.0, a vendor-neutral roadmap of 10 strategies that can reduce a data center’s energy use by up to 74 percent. The approach, detailed in a new e-book, updates the original Energy Logic, introduced in 2007, to incorporate the advances in technology and best practices that have emerged in the past five years. The company also launched the Energy Logic 2.0 Cascading Savings Calculator, an online tool that allows data center managers to calculate the approximate energy savings they would capture by employing strategies in the updated approach.
With the inclusion of new technologies and best practices, Energy Logic 2.0 illustrates how the energy consumption of a 5,000 square-foot data center could be cut by up to 74 percent using available technologies. It accomplishes this by leveraging the cascade effect, the cornerstone of the Energy Logic approach.
The cascade effect quantifies how savings at the IT component level are magnified in the supporting systems, recommending an overall approach that focuses on optimizing the efficiency of core IT systems to drive the greatest savings. In a data center with a PUE of 1.9, a 1 W savings at the server processor creates a 2.84 W savings at the facility level as a result of the cascade effect. At higher PUEs, the savings is even greater.
What’s New in Energy Logic 2.0
The original Energy Logic approach in 2007 was designed and tested on a 5,000-square-foot model data center. This year, Emerson Network Power again used a model data center of the same size to build the Energy Logic 2.0 roadmap. This time, however, recent technological advancements have enabled even greater energy savings.
- Energy Logic 2.0 shows how the energy consumption of the base data center can be reduced from 1,543 kW to 408 kW.
- Key strategies, such as high-efficiency server components, power architecture improvements, and temperature and airflow management have been updated to reflect recent technological advances.
- The base data center takes into account the rapid adoption of server virtualization. The optimized Energy Logic data center in 2007 assumed 20 percent virtualization, whereas the un-optimized data center in 2012 assumes 30 percent virtualization. In addition, server consolidation and virtualization are now treated as one strategy because they typically happen in concert.
- Information and Communications Technology (ICT) architecture is highlighted as an emerging best practice that delivers energy savings by optimizing IT and networking architecture.
- The emergence of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is incorporated throughout the Energy Logic strategy, because DCIM provides the visibility and control required to fully leverage multiple Energy Logic strategies, including server power management, virtualization, power architecture, and temperature and airflow management.
In addition to the cascade effect, Emerson Network Power has quantified the “reverse” cascade effect: the total energy wasted by stranded capacity. Just as 1 W of savings at the server component level can save 2.84 W at the facility level, 1 W of energy wasted on an unproductive server creates an additional 1.95 W of waste at the facility level.
“Energy Logic 2.0 clearly shows there still are great opportunities to optimize the data center,” said Jack Pouchet, vice president of business development and director of energy initiatives for Emerson Network Power. “Energy efficiency remains a priority, and a new generation of management technologies that provide greater visibility and control of data center systems has arrived. The data center industry is better positioned than ever to make a serious impact in reducing overall data center energy consumption.”
Using the Cascading Savings Calculator
Data center managers can use the Cascading Savings Calculator to explore the impact Energy Logic 2.0 strategies might have on their facility. Users enter their compute load and facility PUE, then adjust sliding scales for nine strategies to show percent utilization. Based on this information, the calculator will approximate a strategy’s impact on compute load, PUE, and total energy and cost savings. The strategies data center managers can explore are:
- Low-Power Components
- High-Efficiency Power Supplies
- Server Power Management
- ICT Architecture
- Virtualization and Consolidation
- Power Architecture
- Temperature and Airflow Management
- Variable-Capacity Cooling
- High-Density Cooling
By trying out the Cascading Savings Calculator, data center managers can see how implementing each strategy – and varying degrees of each strategy – might impact their savings.
San Francisco, CA – Nimbus Data Systems, Inc., the leader in Sustainable Storage®, today introduced its Gemini flash memory arrays, setting new industry standards in solid state resiliency, performance, and data center efficiency. In unveiling this new platform, Nimbus debuts several patent-pending design achievements in hardware and software that offer compelling operational and economic advantages for virtualization, database, and cloud initiatives:
- 10 year endurance that supports up to 1 PB of weekly data writes without performance loss
- No-single-point-of-failure with hot-swap redundant controllers and self-healing flash drives
- Patent-pending Parallel Memory Architecture capable of 12 GBps and over 1 million IOps
- Software-configurable ports to support the highest Ethernet, Infiniband, and Fibre Channel speeds
- Up to 48 TB of flash capacity in 2U, achieving 1 PB and 20 million IOps per rack
“The new Gemini flash memory array from Nimbus certainly sets a high bar in terms of completeness and vision for flash storage arrays,” stated Mark Peters, senior analyst at ESG. “Gemini stands out from the crowd with its architecture designed from the ground up and seamless multiprotocol versatility. The flexibility, performance and efficiency needs of contemporary and future applications will increasingly require data centers to deploy capabilities inherent in designs such as those demonstrated by Nimbus.”
The new Gemini system meets the rigorous availability and performance requirements of server virtualization, databases, VDI, and IO-intensive data processing applications. The fully-redundant “hot-swap everything” design offers dual controllers, non-disruptive software updates, and intuitive lights-out management in one system – no bulky external controllers, gateways, or cabling required. Unlike IO-bound off-the-shelf servers and disk arrays that fail to harness the performance potential of solid state technology, Gemini offers 6x more bandwidth through a non-blocking design. This Parallel Memory Architecture (PMA) enables all flash drives to operate at full speed in unison, providing superior scalability for virtualized infrastructures that depend on low-latency, high throughput storage.
Gemini supports all major storage networking technologies at their fastest available data rates, including Ethernet (1/10/40 GbE), Infiniband (20/40/56 Gb), and Fibre Channel (4/8/16 Gb). Gemini’s ports are also software-programmable, switching instantly from Ethernet to Infiniband or from Fibre Channel to Ethernet simply by changing transceivers. This dual-personality capability offers flexibility should storage networking requirements change in the future. All major block and file storage protocols are supported in-the-box, including iSCSI, FCP, SRP, NFS, and SMB, giving customers choice and the investment protection to adapt to changing needs effortlessly.
To enable service providers to defer data center capital expenditures, Gemini packs 8x more capacity per rack than 15K RPM disk arrays, without resorting to cumbersome top-loading designs that complicate field service. Gemini also utilizes a fraction of the power and generates significantly less heat than 15K RPM disk arrays, slashing power and rackspace costs by 85%. Delivering up to 20 million IOps in one rack, Gemini flash memory arrays enable a 30:1 consolidation in rackspace on a performance basis, giving customers a powerful weapon against unrelenting data growth.
Gemini incorporates Nimbus’ new Flash Lifecycle Management technology, which builds on over two years of production deployments of Nimbus solutions at some of the most demanding Global 5000 customers. Wear-leveling is performed system-wide, not just at the drive level, eliminating hot-spots and delivering consistent performance. This technology enables Gemini flash arrays to deliver up to 10 years of endurance, surpassing disk arrays in reliability. An intuitive graphical dashboard displays real-time and historical flash utilization, offering customers unique insight into the health of the storage infrastructure.
Gemini flash memory arrays feature Nimbus’ HALO software stack, a total system management solution offering thin provisioning, deduplication, replication, snapshot, and encryption capabilities. Included without any licensing fees, HALO is easy to use, enabling complete system setup in minutes.
“The ground-breaking advances in Gemini are the culmination of two years of nonstop hardware and software engineering and extensive feedback from our loyal customer base,” stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data. “We believe that we have set the new standard in flash memory storage, enabling efficiency and performance that unequivocally redefine data center infrastructure.”
Gemini flash memory arrays are available in single and dual-controller configurations with either 4 x QSFP ports per controller (for Ethernet and Infiniband) or 4 x SFP+ ports per controller (for Ethernet and Fibre Channel). Capacity ranges from 6 to 48 TB per 2U system, before data reduction. The new Gemini flash memory arrays will be generally available in Q4 2012.
About Nimbus Data Systems
Nimbus develops award-winning Sustainable Storage® systems, the most intelligent, efficient and fault-tolerant solid state storage platform engineered for server and desktop virtualization, databases, HPC, and next-generation cloud infrastructure. Combining low-latency flash memory hardware, comprehensive data management and protection software, and highly-scalable multiprotocol storage features, Nimbus systems deliver dramatically greater performance at a significantly lower operating cost than conventional disk-based primary storage arrays, all at a comparable acquisition cost. For more information, visit www.nimbusdata.com, or follow Nimbus at twitter.com/nimbusdata.