Silicon Mechanics to showcase storage solutions at Educause 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it will be showcasing a variety of products and initiatives that support the higher education and research market at EDUCAUSE 2013. The event, the premier information technology gathering for higher education, takes place October 15-18, 2013, in Anaheim, California. On display at Booth 633 will be Silicon Mechanics’ zStax StorCore unified storage appliance, an enterprise-level software-defined storage platform based on open-source ZFS technology and powered by NexentaStor. Silicon Mechanics will also be announcing its participation in SC13’s annual Student Cluster Competition, to be held at the upcoming SC13 conference in Denver.

Built on industry-standard hardware, Silicon Mechanics’ zStax StorCore platform gives information technology leaders a cost-effective and flexible alternative to NetApp storage solutions, using a software-defined storage model that costs a fraction of legacy storage. University chief information officers and chief technology officers can visit the booth to see first-hand how zStax can help them avoid vendor lock-in and provide a scalable way to cost effectively expand storage as needs grow.

Unlike legacy storage systems, zStax offers replication of data for disaster recovery at no additional cost. As part of its “Expert included” pledge, Silicon Mechanics delivers the zStax solution as a bundle and also provides a high level of support during product configuration, implementation, and in the event of any emergencies.

“EDUCAUSE is a great venue to showcase Silicon Mechanics’ strong offerings in cost-effective storage and our support for state-of-the-art computing in higher education and research,” said Art Mann, education, research, and government vertical group manager at

Silicon Mechanics. “We have the expertise and broad product line to meet a wide range of customer needs.” HPC Conference attendees can also drop by to discuss Silicon Mechanics’ continued participation in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), held as part of SC13’s HPC Interconnections, designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Silicon Mechanics will be sponsoring the Massachusetts Green HPC Consortium (MGHPCC) team, which includes Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, University of Massachusetts, Tufts University, and Northeastern University.

Silicon Mechanics’ support for the university and research sector also includes an annual research cluster grant, another way to give back to the education community. The grant includes donation of a complete high-performance computer cluster as part of a highly competitive research grant program. The competition is open to all US and Canadian qualified post-secondary institutions, university-affiliated research institutions, non-profit research institutions, and researchers at federal labs with university affiliations. This year’s cluster includes hardware and software from Intel, sTec, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Kingston, Seagate, Supermicro, Bright Computing, and LSI Logic.