Astute Networks Closes 2013 as Year of Record Achievement as Demand for ViSX Flash Storage Appliance Grows Exponentially


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Continued Innovation and Leadership Drives Strong Customer Adoption in Healthcare, Education, Government, and Manufacturing as Company Capitalizes on $3 Billion Solid State Flash/SSD Market Opportunity

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Astute Networks™, Inc., the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances, today announced that 2013 marked a year of record achievement for the company. Demand for its ViSX™ all-flash storage, application performance acceleration solution, reached an all-time high, particularly across key vertical markets including healthcare, education, manufacturing, federal government and military; while the company also enjoyed significant strategic channel partner growth.

2013 also marked a year of innovation for Astute Networks, during which it continued to raise the bar; announcing market leading product innovations such as its ViSX MLC flash offering featuring enterprise-class flash capabilities at a price comparable to spinning disk. For the first time, not only could traditional enterprises enjoy the same lightning fast application performance as the hugest global organizations, but small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) could now afford it too.

In the latest Wave 17 Storage Study from 451 Research, which queried 100s of IT professionals from mid-to-enterprise sized organizations, over half of the respondents stated that their organization had deployed flash, while a significant portion of the rest said they plan to do so in the next 18 months.

“The question for most IT managers is not whether they should deploy flash, but how they should deploy it,” said Simon Robinson, research vice president, storage, 451 Research, and co-author of the report. “With solutions such as Astute’s ViSX, IT managers now have the opportunity to bring enterprise flash into their own infrastructures, accelerating the performance of key applications and in the process, also increasing efficiency through power/cooling and real estate savings.”

“Indeed, our own discussions with customers echo these sentiments,” said Jeff Whitney, vice president of marketing, Astute Networks. “Application performance has become priority number one, in order to drive productivity and value from critical tier one applications – followed closely by availability, reliability, and cost control. And, when it comes to meeting these requirements – Astute’s ViSX all-flash appliance delivers solid ROI with an unsurpassed solution that integrates seamlessly with a customer’s existing infrastructure.”

Utilizing an industry unique Networked Flash™ architecture and a patented DataPump Engine™ protocol processor, the Astute ViSX appliance dramatically accelerates SQL Server, SharePoint and virtual desktop (VDI) applications across physical, virtual and cloud environments. ViSX solutions use performance-optimized flash rather than traditional capacity-optimized disks. Yet, they connect using pervasively deployed Ethernet networks via standard iSCSI protocol. ViSX is VMware Ready Certified to work with current and future virtualized servers, networks and storage infrastructure, and DataCore Ready to accelerate application using DataCore SANsymphony. ViSX delivers an all-flash storage appliance with the industry’s highest possible IOPs, at prices comparable to hard disk systems.

“In response to our continued innovation and leadership in the flash storage market, combined with the projected $3 billion solid state flash/SSD market opportunity, Astute Networks has enjoyed enviable growth across every facet of the business this past year – particularly in regards to building relationships with world-class channel partners,” Whitney continued. “Moreover, the overall industry took note as well, honoring Astute with numerous awards and accolades.”

2013 Astute Networks Awards and Accolades Highlights:

• Astute Networks Named Red Herring Top 100 Global Company
• CEO, Bob MacKnight, Named Executive of the Year, Bronze Winner in Best in Biz Awards 2013
• Demartak Lab validated ViSX delivers a two to five times performance and price/performance advantage over leading competitive iSCSI-based storage arrays
• Storage Switzerland report titled, “All-Flash Appliance for Mid-Market Compliments Existing Storage” underlines ViSX’s ability to “go in easily and complement existing storage infrastructure to boost critical application performance.”
• Vice President of Sales, Ted Lesinsky, Named Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive by Midsize Enterprise Summit
• Taneja Group Report Identifies Astute ViSX as Cost Effective and Non-Disruptive All-Flash Storage Appliance for the Mid-Market
• Astute Named One of the “10 Coolest Flash Storage Products of 2013” by CRN

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About Astute Networks
Astute is the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhance user productivity and lower IT costs for physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company’s ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a 100% solid state flash technology that cost–effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks. ViSX is available through the company’s network of authorized AstuteNet channel partners. For more information, visit

Astute Networks, Networked flash, ViSX, DataPump Engine, and FlashWRX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Astute Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


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