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Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service Offering Debuts In Japan, Based on the Zadara Storage as a Service (STaaS) Platform

Zadara™ Storage, Inc., provider of enterprise-class cloud storage as a service (STaaS), today announced that Toshiba is launching the Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service™ offering in Japan, based on Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Array™ (VPSA™) platform for providing service providers with elastic block and file repository storage that is billed on a flexible, pay as you go basis. The deployment represents yet another expansion of Zadara’s award-winning offering – a solution that has been proven for two years in worldwide deployments. The Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service will be available March 1.

As service providers seek to attract more enterprise applications to move to the cloud, the Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service offering represents a significant endorsement of Zadara’s unique approach to providing high Quality of Service (QoS), elastic and enterprise-grade cloud storage for live repository, archive, and disaster recovery storage needs without a hardware purchase.

“Demand remains exceptionally high in Japan for solutions to address the rapid increase in data volumes while avoiding the need for purchasing storage hardware and paying for all the attendant floor space, maintenance and ongoing costs associated with it,“ said Koichi Kagawa, General Manager, ICT Cloud Service Division at Toshiba. “As an investor in Zadara we have watched the company’s rapid growth, its large-scale deployments, and its capability managing Toshiba’s state-of-the-art HDDs and SSDs. We are so impressed with its performance that we knew it was a natural fit for our own strategic cloud initiatives.”

Zadara’s VPSA architecture allows cloud-delivered QoS to remain exceptional, even for massive data volumes. Zadara’s technology approach uniquely provides dedicated disks, virtual controllers, and separate networking to achieve single-tenant, predictable performance at a multitenant price. Cloud providers using the Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service can offer each of their customers a private management interface from which to add or eliminate drives, switch from disk to SSDs and back, adjust controller performance, and fine tune other storage needs on the fly – allowing flexibility and control.

“We’re delighted that Toshiba, with its exacting standards of quality and performance, has embraced the Zadara VPSA storage-as-a-service approach as part of its commitment to innovation in enterprise data center solutions,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “Competitive hype obscures the fact that most cloud storage offerings today expose enterprises to performance degradation from ‘noisy neighbors’ and cannot support essential data storage features that are commonplace in on-premise deployments. Using our technology, the Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service and its service provider customers can help more enterprises to achieve cloud economics, agility and scalability with truly private storage, highest QoS, and the flexibility of a pay as you go model.”

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

About Zadara Storage

Zadara Storage is a pioneer provider of enterprise-class high-performance, high-availability and scalable cloud storage delivered as a cost-effective pay-as-you-go service. Powered by patent-pending Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSAs), Zadara uniquely places SAN and NAS technology in the cloud, enabling the advanced capabilities of single-tenant on-premise data center storage coupled with an innovative Quality of Service IT environment that meets the most stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

The company provides the flexibility of on-premise private, hybrid or public cloud storage for SMBs and large Enterprises while addressing the infrastructure needs of any data type and any application.

Zadara offers storage on demand through a wide range of worldwide public cloud and colocation providers, including a value-added strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company is funded by Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) and other institutional investors including Genesis Capital Advisors and Platinum Management. For more information visit www.zadarastorage.com.

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