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StorageCraft Acquires Exablox, Revolutionizing Data Management

StorageCraft Technology Corporation and Exablox Corporation joined forces today to completely focus on helping businesses analyze, protect, and store their data. The new entity is the first company to bring together a new approach that recognizes the disappearing lines between primary and secondary storage as well as between data availability and data protection.

“StorageCraft continues to build its portfolio to fuel hyper-growth,” said Matt Medeiros, CEO of StorageCraft. “By adding Exablox’s converged mid-market storage technology we go from being a leader in business continuity to a leader in the data management market.  Our customers’ businesses operate non-stop. At the same time that their data volumes are exploding, their uptime requirements are becoming more stringent. We now have the unique ability to address both of these problems and to do so with a solution that has groundbreaking scalability.”

Exablox, based in Sunnyvale, California, produces flash and HDD based scale-out NAS storage solutions using an innovative object storage architecture. Exablox’s customers include top Fortune 500 companies, prestigious research and educational institutions, leading technology innovators, and government entities.

StorageCraft, a global company based in Utah, provides award-winning backup and recovery solutions that make the company a leader in business continuity. It goes to market through a highly-developed and well-trained IT channel and managed service provider network.

This acquisition provides the current and future customers of the combined company with a complete and competitive family of enterprise products for analyzing, protecting, and storing information, including:

Data Analytics – provides an intelligent, tiered data architecture that enables the identification and prioritization of critical data for protection and performance. It also identifies gaps in endpoint protection.

Data Protection – implements data protection policies that offer the industry’s best and most reliable recovery mechanisms. Frequent backups and efficiently-located mission-critical data minimize recovery time and maximize uptime.

Data Storage – delivers the ability to store all tiers of data with infinite scalability. The object-based storage appliance solves businesses’ common storage pain points of complex installation, cumbersome management, limited capacity and forklift upgrades.

Last October, StorageCraft announced a distribution agreement with Exablox based on the complementary benefits of the two companies’ products. Exablox’s OneBlox® scale-out storage solutions provide customers with advanced file serving capabilities for primary and secondary storage, including continuous and unlimited snapshots, inline deduplication, compression, and offsite replication. Customers can start with a single high-performance OneBlox, and expand beyond petabyte scale by adding additional OneBlox units. When combined with StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect® software, customers can protect desktops, physical, and virtual infrastructure with fine-grained RPOs and high-performance recovery—all in a single solution. StorageCraft’s unique hardware and hypervisor-independent recovery solution ensures rapid return to service without the need to re-create an exact replica of the failed infrastructure. These products are available now.

“As a fast-growing scale-out storage company, our customers use OneBlox for both high-performance scale-out primary storage as well as for secondary applications,” said Douglas Brockett, CEO of Exablox. “As customers’ business requirements have changed, they’re looking for a single architecture that has the capability to serve in both roles.  Joining forces with StorageCraft allows us to deliver a more powerful solution with increased data protection and analytics capabilities for our customers.”

That sentiment was endorsed by Bob Freeman, system administrator, State of Oregon Department of Administrative Services, which is a long-time StorageCraft and Exablox customer. "Our environment places complex and ever-changing demands on IT infrastructure. Navigating these challenges calls for a feature-rich storage solution with infinite scalability and the ability to access information whenever and wherever it is needed—regardless of disruptions. The StorageCraft and Exablox combination delivers both of these data management needs effectively and efficiently."

Mr. Brockett will remain with the company as president and report directly to Mr. Medeiros. Exablox customers and partners will continue to be supported by their existing contacts to ensure a seamless transition.

The acquisition of Exablox follows StorageCraft’s September 2016 purchase of file-analytics company, Gillware Data Services, which added unique data-intelligence technology to StorageCraft’s portfolio.

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