Storage Industry Veteran Mike Wall Joins Amplidata Board

Redwood City, CA – November 2, 2011 – Amplidata, an innovator in unbreakable object- based storage technology, today announced that Michael Wall, president and CEO of Atempo, Inc. was elected to Amplidata’s board of directors. Wall was a founding member of the management team that developed Intel Corporation’s storage division and has over 30 years of industry leadership experience, including 13 years specifically in storage.

“For many years Michael has shown his ability to lead in the storage market, from his work as a general manager at Cray to leading Atempo. His unique experiences in the field will prove to be a valuable asset as a member of Amplidata’s board of directors,” said Wim De Wispelaere, co-founder and CEO of Amplidata. “He will become our fifth board member and his insight will prove valuable and provide a new dimension to our discussions as the company focuses on the future.”

Wall joins industry veterans Kristof De Spiegeleer, serial entrepreneur and chairman and founder of Amplidata; Dominique Pitteloud, partner at Endeavour Vision; and Frank Maene, managing partner at Big Bang Ventures, as well as De Wispelaere, on the board of directors to assist in providing guidance and direction to the company.

“Amplidata is clearly one of the most innovative companies currently in the realm of storage- related technologies. The company holds several key technologies that will become pervasive throughout the storage industry in the foreseeable future,” said Wall. “I feel privileged to be joining such a forward-thinking, exciting and dynamic team to provide my expertise to help guide the future of big data storage solutions over the coming years.”

At Atempo, Wall held a position on the board of directors for three years. As CEO, he is directly responsible for providing strategic insight and guidance to drive the company’s expansion in the market. Prior to joining Atempo, he served as the CEO of DICOM Grid, one of the FASTech 50’s most innovative technology startups. Before joining DICOM Grid, he was one of the founding members of the management team that developed Intel’s highly successful storage business. He also held a position at Cray Research as the general manager responsible for operations in North America.

Wall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as a master’s in management sciences from Averill Harriman College for Urban and Policy Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook.

About Amplidata
Amplidata was founded in 2008 when a team of storage veterans started to develop the technology that would become the foundation of AmpliStor, an Optimized Object Storage system for unstructured data. The technology provides the highest storage reliability and availability levels at the lowest possible cost. AmpliStor scales beyond petabytes and requires 50-70 percent less storage capacity to protect data compared to traditional solutions.

The Amplidata team consists of storage experts who also helped build the success of DataCenter Technologies (acquired by Symantec in 2005) and Dedigate (acquired by Terremark in 2005). The development team is responsible for patent-pending distributed storage innovations.

Amplidata is a privately funded company that has received investments from Hummingbird Ventures, Endeavour Vision and Swisscom Ventures. Operational headquarters are at the Innovation Center in IT Valley in Lochristi, near Gent, Belgium. US Headquarters are in Redwood City. R&D facilities are located in Belgium and India, sales and support are represented in a number of countries in Europe and North America. More information can be found at  www.amplidata.com.

Contact
Tom Leyden
+32 473 92 22 11 tom.leyden@amplidata.com

 

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Amplidata Demonstrates Highly Scalable And Reliable Storage Solution For Massive Cloud Deployments At IDF

New solution is cost-­‐efficient, power-­‐efficient, provides greater performance and increases reliability

Santa Clara, Calif. — September 16, 2011 — Amplidata, an innovator in unbreakable, low power object storage technology, demonstrates the Cloud Builders reference architecture of its next generation AmpliStor system that leverages Intel’s Xeon™ processor technology at Intel Development Forum.

Data storage solutions have come to an impasse. The demand trajectory to store enormous amounts of data continues to rise, but growth remains hindered by the technical limitations of current solutions that store multiple data copies or deploy RAID to protect against disk failures. New solutions are needed to counter the existing problems with operating costs, power consumption and data loss. Amplidata addresses these issues in AmpliStor a durable and reliable storage platform that features industry – leading erasure coding technology to exceed customer durability requirements.

Amplidata’s Amplistor, solves the critical reliability and data integrity issues that RAID is known for on multi-­‐terabyte disk drives. The technology is unbreakable and is in excess of 100,000 times more reliable than existing RAID-­‐based solutions, essentially eliminating the chance of data loss. The new Amplidata solution will provide even greater performance and increase the reliability without compromising the cost per TB.

As a member of the Intel Cloud Builders ecosystem, the Xeon™ optimized AmpliStor reference architecture is a clear demonstration of a converged storage platform. The scalar storage architecture reaps the benefits of Intel’s high-­‐performance processors and provides customized, enterprise-­‐class data durability while minimizing power consumption. The platform scales from a few nodes to multiple datacenters by simply adding storage nodes, to offer private or public cloud storage services across the enterprise WAN or the internet. AmpliStor provides high throughput and parallel data access powered by Intel Xeon processors while improving storage efficiencies and halving power consumption, as it requires fewer drives.

“This reference implementation combines Amplidata’s leading-­‐edge BitSpread technology with Intel’s Xeon™ processors with storage optimization features into a single solution that will eliminate issues facing massive-­‐scale storage for the cloud in one fell swoop,” said Wim De Wispelaere, CEO of Amplidata. “As storage needs become more complex and dynamic, we need to stay ahead of our customers’ needs and provide the highest-­‐quality, best-­‐performing, lowest-­‐cost storage solutions possible. Our capabilities paired with Intel’s lightning-­‐fast and power optimized processors provide customers with an unbeatable storage option.”

About Amplidata
Amplidata was founded in 2008 with a team of storage veterans who developed an Optimized Object Storage (OOS) system specifically for unstructured data. The solution, called AmpliStor, provides “Ten 9’s” of storage durability, high-­‐performance and power efficiency at the lowest possible cost of ownership. AmpliStor scales to Petabytes and beyond, and requires 50-­‐70% less storage capacity to protect data compared to alternative solutions. Amplidata has its operational and R&D headquarters in Lochristi, Belgium, with US operations based in Redwood City, CA. www.amplidata.com.

Contact
Tom Leyden
Amplidata
+32 473 92 22 11 tom.leyden@amplidata.com

Kenn Durrence
The Hoffman Agency for Amplidata (408) 975-­‐3000 kdurrence@hoffman.com

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Amplidata and QStar Partner to Create Object Storage-based Active Archive Solution

Companies to demonstrate solution of technologies at IBC 2011

Santa Clara, CA / Mary Esther, FL – August 31, 2011 – Amplidata, an innovator in unbreakable Object Storage, and QStar Technologies, a global leader in enterprise class archive and data management software, today announced a partnership to combine technologies and bring a joint solution to market that leverages Amplidata’s  AmpliStor and QStar’s file and archive management platform. The joint solution will be introduced at IBC, Europe’s largest tradeshow for media and entertainment.

This  two-way partnership will  enable both companies to  leverage each other’s technologies, as well as provide an opportunity to broadly market joint solutions created by their products. Amplidata’s customers will benefit from the joint solutions by enabling simplified access to Amplidata’s AmpliStor Optimized Object Storage platform through standard NAS protocols via the QStar file gateway. QStar’s customers will now have access to an ultra-scalable and self-managing Object Storage platform for enabling Petabyte-scale storage archives with a dramatically new low cost of ownership.

QStar’s data management software also provides Amplidata customers with an advanced set of capabilities to enable integration into a tiered storage environment, geographic data replication, and data retention and deletion policies. These capabilities enable advanced solutions to be implemented on AmpliStor including archival solutions with automated policy-based data movement between tiers, disaster recovery with multiple geographically distributed sites, and long-term compliance solutions that enforce data retention & purging requirements.

Amplidata’s AmpliStor is a petabyte-scale Object Storage system for unstructured data applications. It  provides the highest levels of  storage durability and availability at  the lowest possible cost. AmpliStor features patent-pending technology that is optimized for where RAID fails, on multi-terabyte disk drives. The technology enables customers to build active archives that do not require backups and which are highly cost-efficient. By cutting the drive and power requirements by up to 70%, customers can expect up to 90% cost savings over traditional disk storage solutions.

“This partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for any company looking to economically store or archive large amounts of data, from media and entertainment to healthcare and other industries managing large unstructured data” said Riccardo Finotti, President and CEO of QStar Technologies. “When we looked closely at the technology from Amplidata, it was clear that with their BitSpread technology, they have introduced a next generation Object Storage solution, bringing significant advantages to the table over what is currently available”.

“QStar is an ideal partner for Amplidata, as it provides us with a perfect front end for our solution and will significantly improve time to market, something our customers have been asking for,” said Wim De Wispelaere, CEO of Amplidata. “This collaboration of technologies is truly symbiotic as it combines our leading-edge storage solution and preserves the natural way that people are accustomed to storing data, by using QStar’s CIFS / NFS archive gateway.”

The combined solution will be available for a full demonstration at IBC 2011 in Amsterdam,  September  9-13   in  the   Amplidata  booth.   Located   in  Hall   6,  Stand Number 6.A05.

About Amplidata
Amplidata was founded in 2008 with a team of storage veterans who developed an Optimized Object Storage (OOS) system specifically for unstructured data. The solution, called AmpliStor, provides “Ten 9’s” of storage durability, high-performance and power efficiency at  the lowest possible cost of  ownership. AmpliStor scales to  Petabytes and beyond, and requires 50-70% less storage capacity to protect data compared to alternative solutions. Amplidata has its operational and R&D headquarters in Lochristi, Belgium, with US operations based in Redwood City, CA.  www.amplidata.com.

About QStar Technologies
QStar Technologies is a leading provider of enterprise-class archive, data management and disaster  prevention  software  and  solutions.  QStar  offers  a  complete  archive  and  data management platform that is operating system and storage hardware independent. QStar storage virtualization software makes any archive technology easily accessible through standard network protocols. The world’s leading companies rely on QStar for secure, cost effective and reliable storage protection of their valuable digital assets.  www.qstar.com

Contacts
Tom Leyden
+32 473 92 22 11
Tom.leyden@amplidata.com

Linda Thomson
+1 850-895-0905 l.thomson@qstar.com

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Amplidata Introduces AmpliStor, Optimized Object Storage for Massive – Scale Unstructured Data

Unbreakable and Ultra – efficient Storage System Is Ideal for Active Archives, Online Applications and Storage Clouds.
New AS20 Storage Appliance Has 20TB Capacity in 1U and Uses Less than 7 Watts per Terabyte.

Storage Networking World – Santa Clara, Calif. – April 5th, 2011 – Amplidata today unveiled the AmpliStor Optimized Object Storage (OOS) system at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California. AmpliStor is purpose-built to address the surging demand for petabyte- to exabyte- scale unstructured data storage for applications such as active archives, online media applications and storage clouds.

AmpliStor solves critical reliability and data integrity problems for high-density disk drives to enable unbreakable storage of large-scale data with new levels of storage efficiency and low- cost. The system enables a highly scalable, self-healing solution with virtually no limit on object sizes or on the number of objects that can be managed and stored. AmpliStor can seamlessly incorporate today and tomorrow’s disk densities to enable the lowest cost of ownership while future-proofing storage, thereby allowing businesses to address current storage needs while preparing for future requirements.

The explosive growth of digital media assets in a wide range of industries, including entertainment, manufacturing, finance, retail and e-commerce, has created a need to store tens of petabytes of data and beyond on a storage medium with much lower cost than traditional storage systems, but with more convenience and better access characteristics than magnetic tape. According to industry analysts, the need for large-scale storage and archiving solutions has never been greater, with the Internet alone expected to grow 35-fold to tens of zettabytes in the next decade, while the number of skilled people available to manage this will remain largely flat. This will require highly scalable and reliable storage systems that also provide high levels of automation in storage management with low cost.

AmpliStor completely solves the high-reliability issues common with RAID on multi-terabyte disk drives by utilizing Amplidata’s BitSpread™ technology to increase reliability by factors of 100,000 or more and nearly eliminate the chance of data loss. The system provides policy- driven reliability that enables tolerance against any number of faults, while protecting data integrity and enabling access and availability to data even during multiple simultaneous disk or storage node failures or data center outages. Additionally, AmpliStor requires 50-70 percent less underlying storage capacity to deliver this reliability, resulting in a cost savings of up to 90 percent over existing competing solutions.

“Our new AS20 “green” storage node provides an industry-leading storage density of 20TB per 1U at a new level of power-efficiency for disk-based storage,” said Wim De Wispelaere, CEO of Amplidata. “With power consumption well under 7 Watts per terabyte, the AS20 will enable customers to build massive-scale archive storage systems with the access performance and convenience of disk, but with very low operational power, cooling and rack space costs closer to those of tape.”

“The rapidly accelerating demand for data storage has surpassed the capabilities of RAID; its high usability cost has made it increasingly less affordable even as its data protection becomes less reliable,” said Marc Staimer, president and CDS of Dragon Slayer Consulting. “For IT organizations to stay ahead of their data storage demands, they will require an ultra- reliable, high-performance storage solution that self-manages, self-heals and scales for the billions of files or objects that need to be stored securely. Amplidata’s AmpliStor fills this void today.”

AmpliStor provides native and easy-to-use object interfaces to provide simple access to storage services, with a choice of http/REST, Python or C language APIs. This allows AmpliStor services to be used natively from web-based online applications, through a scriptable command line interface (CLI) or embedded in VAR and OEM applications.

AmpliStor provides plug-and-play storage node scalability, self-monitoring and healing technology on every storage node, through BitDynamics™ software. The BitDynamics agent executes out-of-band to perform continuous data integrity verification checks on the stored data, optimize stored data and automatically self-heal the system in background and in parallel to minimize impact on system performance while these tasks are running.

“Data storage challenges are increasing dramatically through the need to manage mountains of data, and to deliver it effectively to massive numbers of users,” said Akash Zaraf, managing director and CEO of Zenith Infotech, LTD. “AmpliStor provides us with the highest-levels of storage reliability, at a new level of efficiency that enables Zenith Infotech to deliver cost- effective solutions to our customers.”

Key Features of AmpliStor

Unbreakable Storage

  • System is nearly impervious to data loss, with reliability levels 100,000+ times higher than RAID
  • Data integrity is continuously verified and assured through BitDynamics
  • Supports any level of fault-tolerance through user-driven reliability policies
  • Data is always protected and can be accessed even during multiple disk failures

Massively Scalable with Minimal Intervention

  • Ability to scale seamlessly to support hundreds of petabytes of storage
  • Supports billions of objects regardless of size
  • Scales out performance to gigabytes-per-second
  • Nearly zero human intervention required due to automated management and self-healing

Simple Object Access

  • Easy-to-use native object interfaces, including http/REST and Python
  • Simple PUT, GET, DELETE style access to storage services

Cost-effective

  • Does not require multiple data copies or replication for reliability, reduces storage overhead and capex up to 70 percent
  • Less than 7 Watts per terabyte enables 90 percent less power consumption than traditional disk storage systems
  • Super-dense AS20 storage nodes with 20TB capacity in low-cost 1U rack-mount module

About Amplidata
Amplidata was founded in 2008 when a team of storage veterans started to develop the technology that would become the foundation of AmpliStor, an Optimized Object Storage system for unstructured data. The technology provides the highest storage reliability and availability levels at the lowest possible cost. AmpliStor scales beyond petabytes and requires
50-70% less storage capacity to protect data compared to traditional solutions.

The Amplidata team consists of storage experts who also helped build the success of
DataCenter Technologies (acquired by Symantec in 2005) and Dedigate (acquired by Terremark in 2005). The development team is responsible for patent-pending distributed storage innovations. Amplidata has its operational headquarters at the Innovation Center in IT Valley in Lochristi, near Gent, Belgium. R&D are located in Belgium and India, sales and support are represented in a number of countries in Europe and North America. More information can be found at www.amplidata.com.

Contact
Tom Leyden
+32 473 92 22 11 tom.leyden@amplidata.com

Kenn Durrence
The Hoffman Agency for Amplidata (408) 975-3000 kdurrence@hoffman.com

 

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Amplidata closes € 2.5 Million Series A funding

Lochristi, Belgium – May 26, 2010 – Amplidata, an innovator in next-generation distributed storage technology for public and private clouds, announced today that it has successfully closed a first round of institutional funding, totaling €2.5M, with Big Bang Ventures.

Belgium-based Amplidata provides unbreakable storage technology that is ten thousand times more reliable than current RAID based technologies, requires three times less storage and power and is thereby five times less expensive than current storage solutions. The Amplidata Distributed Storage System fundamentally changes the way how data is stored. The company’s patent pending BitSpread encoding technology offers the scalability and ease-of-use of a next generation RAIN grid, creating a 10,000 times more reliable alternative  to  RAID.  Through  more  efficient  usage  of  power  and  raw  storage  capacity,  Amplidata drastically decreases the storage cost. Amplidata easily scales up to tens of Petabytes.

The company is addressing some of the inherent weaknesses of high capacity disk systems, such as performance, bit error rates, mean time between failures and RAID rebuild times which have not improved sufficiently to keep up with the explosion of digital storage needs.

Amplidata was in founded in 2008 by Wim De Wispelaere (CEO) and Wouter Van Eetvelde (COO), two storage veterans. They have been involved in the development and launch of several innovative products and  technologies.    Serial  entrepreneur and  high-tech visionary Kristof De  Spiegeleer is  the  primary investor. Commenting on the new funding round, Kristof De Spiegeleer said, “It is a pleasure to work with Big Bang Ventures again. Our past successes have proven that they contribute a lot through their understanding of the market and experience in helping start-up organizations successfully expand.”

Wim De Wispelaere clarifies: “After having booked our first successful deployments of the BitSpread technology, the BBV investment will allow us to ramp up sales and marketing activities across Europe and in the US. The introduction of high capacity SATA disks represents a huge opportunity to store massive amounts of digital data. But as RAID does not work on these, it requires a paradigm shift to build reliable and easy to manage storage systems with them.  Amplidata BitSpread is the first to combine high reliability and scalability with high efficiency and performance.”

The trio De Spiegeleer, De Wispelaere and Van Eetvelde was previously successful with DataCenter Technologies  (acquired by Symantec) and Dedigate (acquired by Terremark). De Spiegeleer also added Q-Layer (acquired by SUN Microsystems) to his track record.

Frank Maene, Managing Partner of Big Bang Ventures, on the talent of De Spiegeleer, “We have successfully worked several times with Kristof over the last ten years and I consider him to be one of the most driven and successful entrepreneurs that I know.” Maene sees very high potential for the Amplidata technology. “The Amplidata technology meets the three main requirements for storage in the age of cloud computing. It is the most reliable storage solution out there with the highest possible efficiency and it is ultimately scalable. They rightfully call it unbreakable technology.”

About Amplidata
Amplidata was founded in 2008 by a team of storage veterans who developed BitSpread technology to
build  the  first  unbreakable storage  system.  Amplidata responds to  the  market’s need  by solving the problems traditional technologies face and guarantees ultimate availability on all storage tiers. Leveraging distributed storage technologies, Amplidata enables customers to build highly available storage infrastructures at significantly reduced cost.

The  Amplidata  team  consists  of  storage  experts  who  also  helped  build  the  success  of  DataCenter
Technologies (acquired  by  Symantec  in  2005)  and  Dedigate  (acquired  by  Terremark in  2005).  The
development team is responsible for patent-pending distributed storage innovations. Amplidata has its operational headquarters at the Innovation Center in IT Valley in Lochristi, near Gent, Belgium. R&D are located in Belgium and Egypt, sales and support are represented in a number of countries in Europe and North America. More information can be found at  www.amplidata.com.

About Big Bang Ventures
Big  Bang  Ventures  is  an  early  stage  venture  capital  fund  for  high-growth  information  technology
companies. In addition to funding, Big Bang Ventures leverages its extensive operational experience and worldwide network to actively help startups accelerate their growth. Past investments include Avinity (acquired  by  ActiveVideo  Networks);  DataCenterTechnologies  (acquired  by  Symantec);  Dedigate (acquired by Terremark); Q-layer (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and Clear2Pay, a leading payments technology company.
The fund focuses on the ICT sectors of enterprise software/SAAS, digital media and e-commerce, gaming, mobile applications, infrastructure software and storage. For more info, see www.bbv.be.

Contact
Wim De Wispelaere Amplidata NV Antwerpsesteenweg 19
B-9080 Lochristi, België Tel: +32 9 324 25 90
E-mail: info@amplidata.com

Frank Maene
Big Bang Ventures
Hangar 26
Rijnkaai 98
B-2000 Antwerpen
T: +32 477 20 17 82
E-mail: frank@bbv.be

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