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Avnet to Bring Scale Computing's New IBM-based Storage Appliance To Resellers Serving The Midmarket

(INDIANAPOLIS and SAN ANTONIO - October 13, 2009) - Avnet Technology Solutions, the solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) and Scale Computing, a developer and manufacturer of ICSTM  (Intelligent Clustered Storage) technology, today announced that Avnet will assist with Scale Computing's product development and assembly by integrating Scale Computing's ICS technology onto the IBM System X server platform to create a complete storage appliance solution -- the iSN1000. Avnet also will help Scale Computing expand its customer base by making the iSN1000 available through Avnet's IBM value-added reseller partners in the United States and Canada.

"This is the first time that Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, will assist in both development and distribution of the same storage appliance," said Mark Martin, vice president of marketing and business development, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, IBM Solutions group. "We strongly believe the IBM System X hardware with Scale's ICS technology is a complete, end-to-end midmarket storage solution that is competitively priced. It will help our IBM-focused reseller partners enhance their storage solutions offerings by addressing key technology challenges facing their midmarket customers."

In addition to running on IBM's System X server line, Scale's ICS technology uses IBM GPFS (General Parallel File System) as its core file system. GPFS is a sophisticated, symmetrical, parallel file system. ICS taps into many of its features and adds others of its own including the ability to run CIFS, NFS and iSCSI protocols simultaneously, creating a unified SAN/NAS environment.  

"Scale's ICS technology offers some of the most aggressive, advanced features for the price. IBM midmarket customers and resellers will benefit tremendously by having this storage solution available on an IBM platform," said Bill Mottram, storage analyst, Veridictus Associates.

The iSN1000 is a 1 usable TB storage node. Customers must make an initial purchase of (3) iSN1000s to create a 3 usable TB cluster, called the StarterSAN. Scale's MSRP for the 3 usable TB StarterSAN is $18,300.

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