Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Solution Provides Greater Storage Flexibility and Less Downtime When Deployed

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Gridstore?, a leader in software-defined storage (SDS) optimized for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, today announced that Intraworks IT Management, the largest IT solutions provider north of Victoria, British Columbia, is the latest customer to embrace its innovative storage virtualization offerings.

"We had been hunting around for some time looking for new storage technology to ease our data center requirements. We looked at expensive and complex to configure options including solutions from NetApp, EMC and Datacore," said Phil Stiller, Founder and President, Intraworks IT Management. "All of these options were complicated, limited in their ability to grow with a data center's needs and prohibitively expensive. Then we found Gridstore and decided to test run its offerings.

"Getting into new technology is stressful. We had to know what the Gridstore units were like in real life, so we gave them a work out -- unplugged them, rebooted and the system never failed. They performed exactly as Gridstore said they would. The units were incredibly easy to implement. Redundant storage usually requires several days to get the software functioning on track. With Gridstore, the solution was up and running the same day. It was very impressive."

After a thorough assessment, Gridstore provided the company with single site back-end storage to a server 2012 R2 SMB cluster. The SMB cluster provides storage to several Hyper-V clusters. The Gridstore solution allows Intraworks to manage a common storage pool for all of the company's virtual machines -- enabling the proper management and redundancy to Intraworks' production servers, so customers' systems are up and running all day, every day.

Intraworks found that the Gridstore functioned like "RAID across servers" and that it was a solution that provided greater storage flexibility and less downtime when deployed. The company noted that with Gridstore in place it can now run its System Center 2012 and virtual machines instantly on any server. With expected storage growth, the scalability of Gridstore was another attractive and required feature.

Stiller added, "For us, the greatest savings realized when we moved to Gridstore, came in manpower. Gridstore provided us with the ability to deploy additional storage without interruption to production. For Intraworks and our customers, the prospect of no disruption is huge. Gridstore performed exactly as the team said it would."

About Intraworks
Intraworks IT Management is a Canadian provider of information technology assistance for SMBs, particularly those located on Vancouver Island and near its headquarters in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Intraworks IT Management brings expertise and support in network installation and monitoring, technology management and consulting, help desk support, web, email, secured offsite backup solutions, and residential, commercial, institutional and telecommunication electrical and wiring services.

About Gridstore
Gridstore? is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller? Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized? Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore's performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few as 3 nodes and then can grow one or more at a time to deliver a cost effective scale-as-you-grow solution. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA. its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers. For more information, please visit:

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