Texas Memory Systems' New RamSan-320 Performs up to 25 Times Faster

7/7/2003 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the World's Fastest Storage®, announced the release of its new RamSan-320 solid state disk storage unit. The RamSan-320 demonstrates a 2x-5x performance leap over existing solid state disks and a 10x-25x performance enhancement over existing RAID storage. With higher performance at a lower cost than other solid state disk units, the RamSan-320 is an attractive solution to most I/O bottlenecks where transaction and storage response times are critical. Applications that benefit include OLTP (online transaction processing), OLAP (online analytical processing), modeling, and heavy-duty video servers. Typical RamSan-320 users include corporations in the financial, telecom, broadcasting, and e-commerce sectors as well as government, military, and research organizations.

When customers move data requiring frequent and high performance access, such as database 'hot' files, to the RamSan-320, their applications accelerate. Because the RamSan stores data in SDRAM, data reads and writes occur instantaneously. This fast access dramatically improves overall throughput and query response time. The RamSan's amazing 3,000 MB per second bandwidth and 250,000 I/Os per second mean that it can simultaneously boost performance for multiple servers.

"Our financial sector clients demand high speed, low risk data storage solutions. They love the RamSan's performance, value and reliability," said Chris Johnson, Vice President of Storage Solutions with Dynamic Solutions International, a leading provider of storage management solutions. Johnson continued, "Texas Memory Systems has raised the bar on storage performance again by introducing another industry-leading solid state disk."

The RamSan-320 includes several exclusive features that make it the most reliable solid state disk available. While other solid state storage manufacturers use a single back-up hard drive, the RamSan-320 is the only SSD that uses a three-disk RAID back-up system, in addition to internal batteries, component redundancy, and hot-swap capabilities, for added data protection. This is a significant advance in reliability for 24 X 7 data center operations with critical applications.

Texas Memory Systems has added a unique Active BackupTM feature that allows users to simultaneously benefit from a solid state drive's blazing fast read and write performance and from hard disk drives' secure data protection. The optional Active Backup mode uses performance not utilized by the application to constantly backup memory across three back-up hard disk drives.

"Solid state disk solutions are valued for performance rather than capacity," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President with Texas Memory Systems. "However, critical system applications and associated data files are growing, giving rise to larger solid state disk systems. This makes a more intelligent form of data backup essential."

Engineering advances by Texas Memory Systems have significantly reduced the cost of this high performance storage, resulting in unprecedented value that enables IT managers to lower the total cost of owning and running data centers. A customer investing in a 16?Gigabyte RamSan-320 achieves a cost of $0.14/IOPS. In addition, this eighth-generation solid state storage system lowers IT manager's total cost of ownership by boosting application performance without the complexity and additional cost of adding servers and application software licenses.

"We were able to reduce I/O bottlenecks using RamSan solid state disks," said David Hu, System Administrator with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "That allowed us to reduce user application wait time up to 40%."

The RamSan-320 fits seamlessly into a storage area network. It provides up to 64?Gigabytes of SDRAM storage in a single 3U rack mount chassis and is easily managed using a secure Telnet, browser interface, or standard SNMP software. The RamSan-320 unit includes from two to eight 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel ports, hot-swappable disk drives and power supplies, redundant batteries and fans.

The Texas Memory Systems RamSan-320 is immediately available in USA and Canada.

About Texas Memory Systems
Since 1978, Texas Memory Systems has designed, manufactured, and marketed the fastest storage subsystems available. TMS provides solutions that offer the best value and highest performance available in the solid state disk and digital signal processing markets. More information is available at www.texmemsys.com or by calling 713-266-3200.

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