Starboard Announces New Additions to Its Hybrid Storage Product Line

New software and hardware platforms bring plug-and-play simplicity to both capacity and performance upgrades

Broomfield, Colo., April 24, 2013 --  Starboard Storage Systems, a provider of unified hybrid storage systems that simplify and consolidate NAS and SAN storage for midsize enterprises, announced today version 3.2 of the Starboard OS along with new Starboard AC2000, AC4000 and AC4500 hybrid storage systems. Built from the ground up to address the data storage consolidation challenges of midsize enterprises, the new AC Series systems include CacheControl, which delivers up to eight times better SSD read cache efficiency than traditional storage using flash as a cache. The software includes plug-and-play SSD performance scaling, multiple write cache accelerators, inline cache compression, dynamic storage pooling and a suite of all-inclusive enterprise features. 

The new flagship AC4500 can have up to four write caches, 12.8 TB of effective read cache (with 2:1 compression) and scale up to more than a half a Petabyte of storage. Starboard eliminates the management complexity of RAID groups, and customers can manage Fibre Channel, iSCSI, CIFS, and NFS workloads with one storage platform. 

The Starboard AC2000 Storage System delivers storage consolidation and solid-state performance for budget-conscious environments, providing scalability up to 171 TB. Starting under $30,000, the AC2000 is ideal for boosting the performance of Microsoft applications, virtualization and file sharing or as a remote or data protection site. The AC4000 is scalable up to 576 TB and is the preferred choice for midsize enterprises looking to consolidate their storage. The AC4500, with double the memory and cache expansion capability of the AC4000, is ideal for high-performance consolidation of enterprise applications. 

“Starboard makes it simple to upgrade performance and capacity efficiently and inexpensively, so that customer can confidently consolidate storage workloads,” said Lee Johns, VP of product management for Starboard Storage Systems. “Today, Starboard’s installed storage systems manage more than three petabytes of NAS and SAN, and use up to 90 percent less drives than traditional storage solutions. When it comes to hybrid storage, cache efficiency drives the value, and by virtualizing independent read and write cache across the maximum possible workloads, these new platforms deliver on the promise of hybrid storage with plug-and-play simplicity. Our customers benefit from automatic performance acceleration to match their most unpredictable business demands.” 

“We evaluated both traditional and hybrid storage platforms, and, aside from the price-performance advantages, we chose Starboard for its enterprise-class features that enabled us to replace our old NetApp systems,” said David Abbott, manager, IT Infrastructure Engineering at TripPak SERVICES® & ACS Advertising, a Xerox Company. “We can now consolidate both file and block applications into a single, flash-enabled and easy-to-manage system that allows us to expand performance and affordable capacity as needed.” 

About Starboard Storage Systems 

Starboard Storage helps midsize enterprises simplify data management by consolidating their storage into a single, easy-to-manage system. Our flash-enabled storage system combines SAN and NAS enterprise-class features, delivering solid-state-storage performance at the price of spinning disk. For more information, please visit, check out or follow Starboard Storage on Twitter:


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