IceWeb, nDataStor Partner on Unified Data Storage Platform

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The flexible unified data storage array supports solid-state drives, ENT SAS and MDL SAS drives, and offers VMware integration.

IceWeb, a provider of unified data storage for cloud and virtual environments, announced that it has signed a strategic alliance with nDataStor, a provider of data storage networking and computing solutions. Responding to market demand for enterprise-class unified data storage solutions for cloud and virtual environments among small to medium-size businesses (SMBs), nDataStor began addressing that market with IceWeb arrays shipping immediately. The first install will happen in the current quarter and be followed up with an additional deployment some time during 2012, the companies said in a joint statement.

IceWeb's Model 6000-HR offers a highly redundant dual-controller configuration that scales to 224TB with  affordable disk shelves, removing the need to add controllers to add capacity. The flexible unified data storage array supports SSD, ENT SAS and MDL SAS drives. With VMware integration, IceWeb's unified data storage systems support both file and block data, enabling cloud computing providers to reduce the amount of hardware and physical storage they need to support a growing customer base.

According to IT research firm Enterprise Strategy Group, 47 percent of storage administrators surveyed planned to deploy unified data storage, due to the inherent cost savings attained through reduced power, cooling, management and optimized storage utilization. Through its proprietary software technology, IceWeb's unified data storage systems optimize storage utilization through thin provisioning, linked clones, inline compression and inline block deduplication, which the company said could help businesses save up to 90 percent of storage costs.

"The culmination of cloud and virtualization technologies in mid-market organizations has added unnecessary complexity to these environments," said John R. Signorello, IceWeb's CEO. "IceWeb's unified data storage arrays dramatically simplify these environments by enabling cloud and virtualized environments to standardize on a single, unified platform for both block and file data, while simultaneously leveraging thin provisioning to get the most out of deployed storage capacity throughout the data center. These capabilities and performance requirements have been unserved by traditional storage vendors at a price point suitable for mid-market organizations. IceWeb's unified data storage systems satisfy that need, as demonstrated by today's announcement."

All of the company’s unified storage platforms are available through IceWeb’s value-added distributor Promark Technology. Promark markets its IceWeb products throughout the United States through its nationwide network of 1,200 channel partners.