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GridIron Introduces TurboCharger GT-1500 Data Accelerator Appliance

Next generation TurboCharger brings up to 10X performance boost to applications for transparent delivery of Flash speed

GridIron® Systems, a pioneer in accelerating today's data-driven enterprise, has introduced TurboCharger GT-1500, a Flash-based appliance that significantly accelerates the performance of entire data center Storage Area Networks (SANs) to solid state speeds without disrupting servers, storage or software applications. Customers in data-driven sectors such as finance, healthcare, manufacturing, government and education have added TurboCharger into their existing hard disk based storage infrastructures to boost overall database and application performance.

The GridIron TurboCharger is an innovative appliance that eliminates traditional storage Input/Output (I/O) bottlenecks by intelligently caching and accelerating application data delivery. TurboCharger continuously profiles the behavior of applications and caches performance-critical data for rapid, low-latency delivery so that applications run at optimum performance levels. Because it offloads many CPU-intensive read and data processing functions from the SAN, and is equipped with industry-leading bandwidth, TurboCharger allows companies to scale out application workloads while delivering a fast and consistent end user experience across multiple applications simultaneously. IT organizations can extract greater value from their investments in back end storage due to the dramatic performance improvements TurboCharger delivers without any need to change existing servers, storage, applications, or database resources.

TurboCharger is part of GridIron's OneAppliance suite of solutions designed especially for accelerating the performance of I/O-intensive applications in the data center. The new GT-1500 model combines the latest Intel processors, motherboard, and Flash capabilities with GridIron's patent-pending Set-RankingTM technology, with unique silicon and software analytics, to speed up existing storage performance by up to 100 times. Enterprises can run applications up to 10 times faster without the risk and expense of migrating data from traditional storage systems to Flash, as all Input/Output (I/O) write operations pass through to existing storage devices.

"GridIron technology leverages Flash to solve the server-storage I/O gap in a uniquely transparent way," said Eric Slack, Senior Analyst at Storage Switzerland. "TurboCharger uses intelligent block-based caching algorithms and complex processes to understand the behavior of data objects. This approach is well-suited to large, performance critical block-storage applications like databases, big data and virtualization. Enterprises can scale performance and maintain high availability very affordably."

The TurboCharger GT-1500 is a power- and space-efficient 2U rack appliance with 12 terabytes (TB) of Flash capacity that can consistently accelerate up to 128TB of primary storage at performance levels of 550,000 I/O Operations per second (IOPS) and 3.2 Gigabytes per second bandwidth, enabling highly concurrent user and application access. Users can scale performance simply by adding more TurboChargers to the environment.

"We chose the TurboCharger because it was the safest, easiest and most cost-effective way for us to provide the highest performance in our multitenant Secure Cloud environment for our global client base of very large eCommerce, SaaS and healthcare IT providers," said Todd Gleason, Director of Technology at Secure Cloud Hosting leader, FireHost. "Installation was a breeze and we now have all the performance benefits of Flash without sacrificing capacity needs served by traditional lower cost storage tiers."

The TurboCharger GT-1500 is available immediately from GridIron Systems. More information is available online at

About GridIron Systems

GridIron Systems, based in Sunnyvale, California, provides hardware and software solutions that accelerate the throughput of data center storage infrastructures to significantly improve the performance of business-critical applications. Formed by a team of networking, storage and SAN innovators, GridIron's Set-Ranking capabilities leverage 24 patent-pending technologies in areas related to big data storage, access-behavior analysis and management. These innovations enable GridIron to provide enterprise customers with the benefits of Flash storage technologies and intelligent caching to optimize data center storage performance and costs with virtually no operational disruption. GridIron solutions are distributed through a network of channel partners across North America and supported by the GridIron operations team in Sunnyvale. Additional information is available at Follow GridIron on Twitter: @gridironsystems and blog:

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