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Key Facts:

• Believed to be the largest single iSCSI deployment in the UK ever
• Provides every child in the City of Sunderland with personal storage space
• Cost effective, robust and field-proven
• Scalable up to 288TB per 42u rack

Axstor announces that it has enabled Sunderland City Council to provide every child in the City of Sunderland with their own personal storage space in what is believed to be the UK’s largest single deployment of an iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN). The 96TB of Axstor iSCSI storage was supplied to Sunderland’s EdIT Department via Infrasys, an Axstor Premier Partner specialising in SANs and VMware.

“Axstor’s technology surpasses our performance requirements, while the support offered is particularly impressive. The overall package demonstrates that Axstor and Infrasys have a clear understanding of our business needs,” commented Rob Carlyon, of Sunderland City Council.

“Axstor’s iSCSI SAN solution was chosen as the preferred storage system because having thoroughly researched and understood the Council’s key criteria, the system we suggested provided a cost-effective, robust, high-performance and field-proven platform, as well as being easy to install and manage,” explained Axstor CEO, Alan Shepherd.

Claimed to be the world’s fastest iSCSI SAN storage solutions, the Axstor Ai-Pro delivers speeds of up to 1,100MB/sec data throughput and can achieve over 80,000 IOPS. The Axstor Ai-Pro can handle both file and block based data, providing support for applications such as MS Exchange and SQL Server and can operate in both Windows and Unix/Linux environments as well as virtualised environments such as VMware.

“In deploying iSCSI - rather than fibre channel, Sunderland is able to benefit from all the advantages of a SAN at a fraction of the cost of a similar Fibre Channel installation. This follows similar decisions by other public sector bodies, including two police force authorities and a number of universities, with whom Infrasys has recently announced major contracts. Axstor has a real enterprise-class product that demonstrates great performance,” said Neil Finnegan, UK Sales Manager for Infrasys.

About Axstor

Axstor is a major provider of iSCSI storage solutions that provide reliable, high-performance “inAbled” systems at a cost-effective price point. The company offers a high level of technical support to help customers take advantage of technologies including iSCSI, TCP acceleration, 10Gb Ethernet switches and HBA for SAS and SATA RAID applications. Axstor is also a Microsoft OEM Partner, offering NAS solutions based on Microsoft WUDSS Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 and 3ware SATA and SAS RAID Controllers. Axstor offers products designed to fit a wide range of enterprise applications, as well as solutions that meet the demands of the most challenging end-users such as financial institutions, ISPs and the military. For more information visit www.axstor.com

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For further information, please contact:

Company Contact:

Alan Shepherd
Axstor
Tel: +44 (0)870 33 00 77 0
E-mail: alans@Axstor.com

Media Contact:

Samantha Scott
Napier Partnership Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1243 531123
E-mail: sam@napier.co.uk

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