Storage Dimensions Awarded GSA Schedule Contract for UNIX RAID Storage Solutions; RAID storage systems engineered to meet government requirements for high-availability, maximum scalability, and multi-platform support.
MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 10, 1996--Storage Dimensions, the leading independent vendor of high-availability client/server storage systems, today announced that their RAID storage systems for UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). have been awarded a GSA (1) (Global mobile Suppliers Association, Sawbridgeworth, U.K., www.gsacom.com) A membership organization of suppliers of GSM products and services. Its goal is to promote GSM as the worldwide mobile communications standard. See GSM Association and GSM. Schedule contract.
This award comes as good news to Federal government customers who are increasingly standardizing on Storage Dimensions as the preferred vendor for their high-availability client/server storage. The GSA Schedule contract also makes it easier for State and Local agencies to purchase Storage Dimensions products since many agencies are authorized to purchase off of GSA Schedule pricing to avoid the time-consuming process of securing competitive bids.
"We're experiencing increasing demand for our products in the government market," said Paul Battaglia, Federal sales director for Storage Dimensions. "Following the opening of our government office in 1993, sales have grown more than 60%. We attribute this growth to our unique ability to address the demanding server storage requirements of government. We're seeing especially strong demand in Web server, database server, and imaging server environments."
Storage Dimensions Products Engineered For Government Market
Storage Dimensions products address key government requirements including high-availability, maximum scalability, and multi-platform support.
-- High-availability - The award-winning Storage Dimensions enclosure architecture allows uninterrupted access to data through redundant hardware components, which are all hot-swappable under load. Dual redundant power supplies, dual power inputs with cable lock guards, and triple redundant cooling fan modules ensure non-stop operation. Hot-swap, hot-spare drives enable on-line replacement of a failed drive.
-- Maximum scalability - The Company's modular RAID storage allows customers to start with as few as three 2.1 gigabyte disk drives, and grow to over 1 terabyte of storage as capacity requirements dictate. This enables a minimal initial investment, while protecting the storage investment over time.
-- Multi-platform support -- Storage Dimensions solutions support all major server operating environments popular in the government market including Sun Solaris, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) IBM's Unix-based operating system which runs on its Intellistation workstations and pSeries, p5, iSeries and i5 server families. , Microsoft Windows See Windows.
(operating system) Microsoft Windows - Microsoft's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence "Windoze", "Microsloth Windows") on the machines available then. NT, and Novell NetWare (operating system, networking) Novell NetWare - Novell, Inc.'s proprietary networking operating system for the IBM PC.
NetWare uses the IPX/SPX, NetBEUI or TCP/IP network protocols. It supports MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Macintosh and Unix clients. . The Company's solutions can also be used across a wide variety of server manufacturer platforms including Compaq, HP, and IBM. This broad platform support allows government customers to standardize on Storage Dimensions across an entire client/server network, resulting in savings from reduced spares inventories and simplified configuration management.
Broad-Based Availability Simplifies Procurement
In addition to the UNIX-based storage products awarded to the GSA Schedule, Storage Dimensions offers RAID storage solutions for Windows NT and NetWare through close alliances with several government resellers and systems integrators. These include BTG BTG BIT (Built-In Test) Target Generator
BTG Bridging the Gap
BTG British Technology Group
BtG Betreuungsgesetz (Germany)
BTG Biomass Technology Group BV
BTG Begbies Traynor Group , Comteq Federal, Force 3, Office Solutions, EDS (Electronic Data Systems, Plano, TX, www.eds.com) Founded in 1962 by H. Ross Perot (independent candidate for the President of the U.S. in 1992), EDS is the largest outsourcing and data processing services organization in the country. , and GTSI GTSI Government Technology Services, Incorporated
GTSI Greyhound Travel Services, Inc. (former subsidiary of Greyhound Lines)
GTSI Government Technology Services Inc. . To further simplify the procurement process, Storage Dimensions products are also available on a number of IDIQ IDIQ Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (contracting/procurement) contracts.
Storage Dimensions Offers Innovative Support Programs
Storage Dimensions backs its products with the industry's most innovative support programs and policies. The Company maintains a comprehensive World Wide Web site at http://www.storagedimensions.c om. Through the Web site, customers can query the TechConnect (SM) technical support knowledgebase for solution documents that are prioritized based on the latest field experiences.
Storage Dimensions products are supported by the SpeedExchange (SM) advanced exchange warranty. Under SpeedExchange, customers receive replacement parts within 24 hours. Warranty coverage is for five years on disks, two years on DLT (Digital Linear Tape) A magnetic tape technology originally developed by Digital for its VAX line. The technology was later sold to Quantum, which makes it available to other manufacturers. DLT uses half-inch, single-hub cartridges similar to IBM's 3480/3490/3590 line. , 1 year on tape, and three years on other components. FlexCreditSM, a generous trade-in program, grants 50% credit toward the purchase of new storage in exchange for used storage from a variety of manufacturers.
Government Office Focuses Exclusively On Vital Market
Paul Battaglia directs Storage Dimensions government sales from the company's office located in Vienna, Virginia. Mr. Battaglia can be reached at 703-356-6600, extension 11. Storage Dimensions is committed to servicing the needs of government with two account managers and a systems engineer who focus exclusively on this vital market. The government office is located at 8245 Boone Blvd., Suite 710, Vienna, Virginia 22182.
Founded in 1985, Storage Dimensions is the leading independent vendor of high-availability disk and tape storage systems for client/server and open systems environments. In addition to award-winning, leading-edge products, the Company provides a number of innovative and sophisticated support programs to help customers minimize the total cost-of-ownership over the life-cycle of their storage investment. The Company is ISO (1) See ISO speed.
(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, www.iso.ch) An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI. 9002 certified and primarily serves Fortune 1000 corporations and large government institutions that have business- and mission-critical applications requiring high capacity, performance, reliability, and availability. Storage Dimensions products are available through a worldwide network of authorized resellers and distributors. The Company is located at 1656 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035, 408-954-0710. -0-
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