American Megatrends Releases StorTrends® iTX, IP Storage Software, and ManageTrends™, a Storage Management Suite

Monday: September 20, 2004

AMI’s StorTrends iTX solution offers both block-based and file-based storage on the same Ethernet interface. StorTrends iTX implements an iSCSI based target solution for the block-based IP storage provider, as well as a Network Attached Storage file server supporting heterogeneous protocols (CIFS, AFP, NFS and NCP). AMI’s technology allows customers to enjoy the advantages of both block-based IP-SAN (Storage Area Network) and file-based NAS (Network Attached Storage). The storage centralization and scalability of IP-based SAN and the ease of use of NAS all on the same platform dramatically resolves IT complexities in SMB (Small Medium Business) environments, while providing scalable storage.

StorTrends iTX is based on iSCSI and TCP/IP, the most popular and widely used protocol in the industry. This choice directly translates into savings for SMBs when compared to the use of fiber channel, which requires elevated initial capital outlays and significant operating costs for a highly specialized infrastructure and personnel. StorTrends iTX is highly manageable and easy to use due to diffused knowledge of IP-based networks.

Key features of StorTrends iTX include:

  • Unified LAN and SAN infrastructure
  • ACL security implementation based on users availability
  • Web-based management interface
  • Active Directory Services (ADS)
  • Detailed Manageability of both block-based (IP-SAN) and file-based (NAS)

"AMI’s StorTrends iTX enables users to implement and retrieve block- and file-based data from the same logical volume" said Sanjoy Maity, AMI vice president of software engineering. "Along with the release of StorTrends iTX is the release of ManageTrends, a centralized storage management suite. IT administrators for SMBs can now manage all StorTrends iTX and StorTrends NAS servers from a single console; along with tracking and planning the growth of storage resources deployed across the enterprise."

ManageTrends, a highly secure storage management suite, is used to discover and manage StorTrends iTX systems, along with other AMI devices. ManageTrends is a .NET based management suite that helps analyze and track enterprise wide storage usage. It allows an administrator to manage multiple StorTrends iTX servers through a single intuitive web-based GUI.

Key features of ManageTrends include:

  • Discovers AMI’s storage servers using SNMP protocol
  • Map, topology and storage views
  • Storage zone management using iSNS protocol
  • Alerts users of network failure
  • MD5 chap login authentication
  • Storage resource management

AMI will be demonstrating StorTrends iTX and ManageTrends at Storage Decisions Fall, September 20-22, 2004, at the Hilton Chicago. StorTrends iTX and ManageTrends will also be demonstrated at SNIA’s IP Storage On-the-Road Seminar Series, September 23, 2004 at The Westin Atlanta North at Perimeter in Atlanta, GA. SNIA’s IP Storage On-the-Road Seminar Series is a free half-day educational event that includes strategic and technical sessions presented by IP Storage Forum experts, leading analysts and key vendors.

About AMI

Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends International LLC (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, innovative StorTrends® Network Storage hardware and software products, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Android™ and Linux® operating systems continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.

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