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Astute Expands Partner Ecosystem With New AstuteNET Channel Partners

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 11, 2013) - Astute Networks™, Inc., the leading provider of performance storage appliances, today announced the expansion of its AstuteNET Partner Program with fourteen new channel partners. The innovative, profit-building program provides compelling sales resources, marketing programs and support services for the industry's most innovative, cost-effective, flash storage offering -- the ViSX family of Performance Storage Appliances.

The expansion of the ViSX family of Performance Storage Appliances with enterprise-class data protection and a new MLC flash offering will be particularly attractive to the small to medium enterprise (SME) and small to medium business (SMB) markets. The new MLC flash-based ViSX has been designed to offer the industry's lowest cost-per-GB and highest IOPS per dollar for enterprise-class flash storage appliances at a solution price that is comparable to disk-based storage systems. The Astute MLC flash solution and the ViSX Replicator, a flash-optimized data availability solution that supports both synchronous and asynchronous replication will be generally available on June 24, 2013.

The AstuteNET program, which has been enhanced with expanded resources to maximize solution delivery and profitability, assists partners in becoming trusted advisors to their customers by providing a component-rich program that is built around ViSX -- a simple-to-deploy flash storage appliance that is the perfect solution for both virtual and physical performance-hungry applications. New AstuteNet partners include: AWData, CPU Inc., Computerland, cStor, CWPS, KIS, Norlem Technology Group, Safari Micro, SHI, Sterling Computers, Storage-IT Solutions, USI, Worldwide Technologies and Zones.

According to a recent TRENDFOCUS report, the enterprise solid state disk (SSD) market is gaining rapid traction in data centers and cloud storage, as the price per GB metric decreased to levels low enough to drive an inflection in demand. The price-per-GB of solid state drives (SSDs) means the performance and TCO arguments in support of flash storage are far more compelling. With costs expected to continue downward, enterprise SSD adoption is expected to continue to grow at rates far outpacing other storage devices. In fact, the SSD market has grown 22% quarter on quarter in the most recent quarter.

"The ViSX family of Performance Storage Appliances gives our channel partners a solution that delivers a two to five times performance and price/performance advantage over alternative iSCSI-based storage arrays," said Steve Kucker, vice president of sales, Astute Networks. "Our new ViSX appliances, which complement existing installed disk-based storage arrays, are ideal solutions for mid-sized customers giving them unprecedented application performance and data protection at a price point comparable to disk-based storage systems."

Findings from a recent Demartek report, "Lab Evaluation of Astute Networks ViSX G4 iSCSI Flash Storage Appliance," revealed that ViSX delivered a two to five times performance and price/performance advantage over competitive iSCSI-based storage arrays.

Astute breaks application performance barriers by resolving critical I/O bottlenecks with the ViSX flash-based Performance Storage Appliances for physical and virtual environments. Based on its 10GbE DataPump Engine™ and Networked Flash™ architecture, ViSX gives IT managers a simple to deploy storage I/O acceleration appliance that boosts application and VDI performance up to 10X in a matter of minutes. Companies improve user productivity, customer satisfaction and revenue generation while eliminating the over-provisioning of storage, servers, and network resources. ViSX co-exists with installed storage and delivers 100% flash performance in a non-disruptive, simple to deploy solution, at prices comparable to disk-based systems.

AstuteNET Partners Recognize Value, Performance and Profit Opportunities with ViSX
Members of the AstuteNET Partner Program continue to recognize the value, performance and profit opportunities of the Astute ViSX solution.

"Our customer base has growing needs for storage solutions that eliminate I/O bottlenecks and increase application performance for both virtual and physical environments," said Darren McLaws, Owner, CPU Inc. "Astute has perfected the ideal combination of performance and cost-effectiveness with their flash storage products. ViSX appliances give our customers an enterprise-class solid state storage solution at price points comparable to traditional disk offerings to deliver bottom line profitability for the long haul."

"Astute ViSX is simple to deploy and the performance enhancements can be seen right away," said Bryan Norman, President, Norlem (http://norlemtc.com). "This will quickly result in improved user productivity and customer satisfaction while helping us to optimize our customers' storage, network and staff resources. It's an ideal addition to our solution portfolio."

"Storage-IT Solutions is always looking to deliver the most compelling solutions to meet our customers' data storage requirements," said Kevin Corcoran, Principal, Storage-IT Solutions. "Astute has a unique product set that provides the most cost-effective solution for iSCSI SAN users to immediately take advantage of the massive performance benefits of flash storage. ViSX appliances are ideal for any company that wants a high-performance storage solution to optimize their virtual infrastructure investments. We are proud to offer ViSX in our suite of products."

"ViSX is truly unique in how it co-exists with and complements existing storage systems," said Scott Miller, Director of Business Development, WWT. "Its non-disruptive approach can dramatically and immediately improve the performance of any virtualized environment. Astute pairs this compelling solution with the support and resources that make partners successful and profitable in a scalable way that will drive sales growth."

As a 100% channel-committed company, Astute offers a range of financial incentives, an experienced sales team, sales and marketing tools, market development funds, training and support to partners through its AstuteNET Partner Program. For more information, please visit: http://www.astutenetworks.com/partners/partner-program/

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About Astute Networks
Astute is the leading provider of performance storage appliances for physical and virtual environments that increase performance, enhance user productivity, and lower IT costs. The company's ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a 100% solid state flash technology that cost-effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks. ViSX is available through the company's network of authorized AstuteNet channel partners. For more information, visit www.astutenetworks.com.

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