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PITTSBURGH – Avere Systems today introduced its latest FXT Series Edge filer, designed to bring the benefits of NAS Optimization to remote office environments by allowing companies to centralize resources and reduce the amount of infrastructure at remote locations while providing the ability to run mission-critical applications outside of the data center and across a WAN without performance degradation.

The Avere FXT 3100 Edge filer contains 48GB of DRAM and 1GB NVRAM to accelerate the read, write and metadata performance of most active data.  It contains 2.4TB of 10k SAS HDDs to store a large working set of recently active data.  FXT 3100's 2x 10GbE and 6x 1GbE ports allow connectivity to clients and servers for high performance access to active data and to Core filers for infrequently accessed data.  Each unit can be clustered to other FXT Edge filers with scaling of up to 50 nodes for linear performance and HA failover.

"Organizations have experienced numerous challenges in delivering corporate applications and/or IT services to remote locations—challenges related primarily to poor application performance, slow file transfer speeds, and WAN bandwidth costs. More than half of respondents in a recent ESG survey indicated that remote application access challenges have been the cause of dissatisfaction among end-users," said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.  "Avere’s FXT 3100 Edge filer is an example of a product that can help solve this problem while also helping address the cost and manageability challenges tied to remote storage deployments."

Built on the latest Avere Operating System (AOS), the Avere FXT 3100 Edge filer enables automatic tiering of data for optimal performance, advanced monitoring to provide deep visibility into the entire NAS environment and a global namespace for managing all storage as a single pool.  Optional software enhancements include Avere FlashMove™ that takes the pain out of NAS data migrations and accelerates the performance of data; and FlashMirror™, heterogeneous NAS replication software that provides a flexible and high-performance solution for implementing comprehensive data protection across a NAS infrastructure.

“While all organizations can benefit from the improvements in performance and reduction in footprint that our FXT Series Edge filers offer, enterprises with remote or branch offices face a unique situation with sprawling NAS environments that require additional capital and operation investments,” said Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems. “Our new FXT 3100 Edge filer helps take the sting out of these deployments by providing global data access and visibility of data as part of a single logical pool, alleviating the need for duplicate storage infrastructure in remote offices and provides a form factor suitable for branch offices.”

Pricing and Availability
The FXT 3100 Edge filer starts at $42,500.  It is expected to be generally available within the 30 days. Additional information about the FXT series is available at http://www.averesystems.com/Products_FXT.aspx

About Avere Systems
Avere Systems brings to the market NAS Optimization solutions designed specifically to scale performance and capacity separately and take advantage of new storage media using real-time tiering. Avere’s FXT Series Edge filers allow organizations to achieve unlimited application performance scaling, free applications from the confines of the data center by eliminating latency and cut storage costs by more than half. Learn more at www.averesystems.com, and you can follow the company on Twitter.com/averesystems.