NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2012) -

WHAT: Richard Neff, business development manager, enterprise storage at SMART Storage Systems, will present a Technology Primer session entitled "IBM eXFlash: An Alternative to PCIe SSD in Servers" during next week's IBM System x Technical University. During his presentation, Neff will discuss the impact server virtualization, Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), and high-performance databases have on raw storage I/O performance requirements, as well as the IBM eXFlash, with integrated SMART Storage Systems XceedIOPS 1.8" Serial ATA (SATA) enterprise-class solid-state drives (SSDs), as an alternative to PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs for meeting throughput demands.

Additionally, SMART Storage Systems will demonstrate the company's Optimus Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s SSD and discuss its Guardian Technology Platform at their booth #36. Leveraging the Guardian Technology Platform, a proprietary suite of enterprise features and Flash endurance enhancement technologies, the Optimus SSD product family meets enterprise storage endurance requirements through support for up to 50 full random drive writes per day with more cost effective consumer-grade multi-level cell (MLC) Flash. The Optimus product family also meets enterprise storage performance requirements, delivering up to 500MB/s sequential read/write speeds and up to 100,000/60,000 IOPS.

WHO: Richard Neff is the business development manager, enterprise storage at SMART Storage Systems. With more than seven years of experience in the solid state storage industry, Neff has gained valuable engineering and market expertise in the enterprise storage and SSD industries. Neff formerly worked for STEC as the director of engineering applications, and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

WHERE/WHEN: The IBM System x Technical University will be held July 16-20, 2012 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. For more information about the conference, please visit

Richard Neff's session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 from 8 -- 8:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) in the Golden Gate 4 meeting room.

For more information about SMART Storage Systems, please visit the company's website at, blog at, or Twitter profile at

About SMART Storage Systems
SMART Storage Systems is a technology leader in the design, development, and deployment of current and next-generation enterprise solid-state storage products. Combining leading-edge, enterprise-class design and proven world-class support, SMART Storage Systems leverages its deep expertise in flash and enterprise storage technology. SMART Storage Systems delivers high-quality, high-reliability solutions to a broad customer base, including tier one storage and server OEMs. In support of these designs, SMART Storage Systems provides award-winning innovations in solid-state storage technology, such as NAND high-endurance Guardian™ technology, to a variety of customers in the enterprise storage, enterprise server, data center, defense, and industrial markets. SMART Storage Systems is part of the SMART Holdings family of global companies. See for more information.

About SMART Worldwide Holdings
The SMART family of companies are leading designers, manufacturers, and suppliers of electronic subsystems for the most demanding OEMs around the world. The SMART companies have led the way over the past 23 years providing standard and custom products to today's leading global OEMs crossing all major electronic industries. These industries include PC, enterprise and industrial servers, networking, telecom, defense, aerospace, gaming and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART Modular Technologies has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART Storage Systems offers high-performance, high-capacity SSDs for enterprise, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management and supply-chain management worldwide. See for more information.

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