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PowerFile announced the introduction of the Active Archive Appliance Enterprise Edition

August 27, 2007

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- PowerFile, an innovator in archive appliances for permanent storage of digital content and assets, today announced the introduction of the Active Archive Appliance™ (A3™) Enterprise Edition, the industry’s most energy efficient system for online data storage. Building on the momentum of an award-winning product line that continues to redefine archival storage, PowerFile’s third generation appliance incorporates industry-standard Blu-ray Disc™ technology from Panasonic to increase density by a factor of six to an enterprise-class 70TB in a 42U rack enclosure. By introducing an entirely new approach to keeping fixed content data – such as documents, images and media files – accessible on the network and ‘active,’ PowerFile is uniquely able to offer a fully configured 120TB appliance that consumes less than 240W of power1.

Game Changing Platform

Prior to the recent introduction of Blu-ray, standard optical storage technologies had not kept pace with the densities of disk- and tape-based alternatives making it impossible for optical-based systems to meet the storage requirements of large enterprises with hundreds of terabytes of data. Blu-ray changes all that by offering 50GB of storage on a single DVD-sized disc with a technology roadmap that promises 200GB per disc. This order of magnitude increase in density is what enables PowerFile to offer up to 70TB of storage in a standard 42U rack enclosure and up to 120TB per appliance, making the A3 Enterprise Edition the most compelling storage solution to leverage optical media in more than a decade.

Nothing Proprietary

The A3 Enterprise Edition continues with PowerFile’s tradition of utilizing industry standards to deliver solutions where customers own their data – not their storage vendor. Through strict adherence to standard network access protocols, standard media formats and standard file structures, the A3 Enterprise Edition completely eliminates the risk of vendor lock-in, a major concern with leading fixed-content solutions such as Content Addressable Storage (CAS) that restrict data access to custom Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and store data in proprietary formats.Industry-Leading Energy Efficiency

With 97% of data centers expected to be out of power by 2011 and storage consuming almost 40% of data center power2, keeping information online and accessible is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for large organizations. PowerFile’s unique approach of dynamically caching most frequently accessed data and preserving archives in a virtualized, massive array of Blu-ray media, allows the A3 Enterprise Edition to provide the online accessibility of disk-based alternatives while consuming less than 5% of the power. In fact, the A3 Enterprise Edition is so energy efficient that it consumes less than 20% of the power required for leading Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) solutions3 that have been specifically designed to reduce energy consumption.

“Chief Information Officers at Fortune 500 organizations are managing under-utilized data centers due to power constraints and ever-expanding storage requirements, creating an immediate need for more energy efficient storage technologies,” said Kirk Dunn, CEO of PowerFile. “Large organizations such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are starting to realize that the cost to power and cool infrequently accessed information on spinning disk can quickly exceed the acquisition cost of the equipment. The energy efficiency of the A3 Enterprise Edition is so compelling that it has been approved for customer incentives by some of the largest utility providers including Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California.”

PowerFile Inc.

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