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Cloud Expo Exhibitor Gridstore Wins New Account

Ability to Meet the Needs of the Corporate Data Center in Capacity and Performance Cited as Key Criteria


Front Porch Abandons VMware and NetApp - Migrates To Hypey-V and Gridstore

Gridstore, a leader in software-defined storage (SDS) optimized for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, announced that Front Porch, a Sonora California-based provider of ISP software and services has chosen Gridstore to provide its innovative storage technology allowing them to utilize the most modern technology that is capable of handling vast amounts of data while delivering the necessary performance and still being mindful of the bottom line.

“At Front Porch, it is important that we keep current technologically. We looked at our previous, long-time vendor, and the cost for maintenance alone was going to be an expensive proposition,” said Martin Strong, Director of Network Operations, Front Porch. “That got us thinking and looking for a new solution. We saw an article and then a white paper about Gridstore. We thought it looked like an interesting approach.”

Front Porch had utilized storage technology from its previous vendor for the past decade. At the time of Front Porch’s maintenance renewal, the costs were extremely high for both the NetApp storage and their VMware environment. The financial bottom line was a key driving force in Front Porch’s decision to look at and ultimately give Microsoft Hyper-V and Gridstore a test drive.  Front Porch made the move away from VMware to a Hyper-V solution implemented on a new hardware platform including three clustered Dell 910s and five Gridstore performance nodes in a single site installation, supporting the entirety of IT operations within the company.  Front Porch first took the proposed configuration through a test, where early on it was apparent that if the entire storage load was moved to the Gridstore environment, performance was going to improve.


Straw added, “When we made the switch to Gridstore it was at a cost that was less than what we would have had to pay for maintenance alone with our previous NetApp/ VMware configuration.”

Front Porch realized numerous benefits from the Gridstore implementation:

New, higher capacity, lower cost storage at a price point that was less than the maintenance renewal of VMware + NetApp
Easy-to-deploy solution and outstanding support from Gridstore
Gridstore’s storage delivered increased performance as well

“Gridstore is a solution that worked well out of the box and has provided us with great value in its acquisition costs alone. We calculate the Gridstore system will pay for itself in a year.”

About Front Porch
Front Porch, Inc. provides services to Internet Service Providers. Front Porch technology enables an Internet Service Provider to insert its own messages to be presented to users as they use their web browsers, such as customer service notices or online advertising. This technology is often used in the delivery of advertiser-supported wireless Internet access, but is also found in the more traditional “wired” broadband ISPs, mobile operators, carrier wi-fi networks, and major networks and venues. Internet Service Providers use products by Front Porch to present its own floating content with graphical and interactive advertising or service messages after the browser loads web pages. Front Porch also creates the software to manage advertising campaigns or billing messages.

About Gridstore
Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few as 3 nodes and then can grow one or more at a time to deliver a cost effective scale-as-you-grow solution. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA. its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridstore.com


Cloud Expo's giant Silicon View billboard which is viewed by more than 1.3 million motorists per week

SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Contact @Gridstore for your FREE @CloudExpo pass.

The 15th International Cloud Expo has just expanded its conference program, to bring together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC at one location.

The show now has three tracks devoted exclusively to the IoT (with WebRTC present in one of the tracks), a full single track focusing on Big Data, and a two-track DevOps Summit, in addition to four tracks devoted exclusively to Cloud Computing in the enterprise.

Cloud Expo is the single show where delegates and technology vendors can meet to experience and discuss the entire world of the cloud.

With Cloud Computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to learn about the latest technology developments and solutions.

Attend Cloud Expo Nov 4-6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Craft your own custom experience. Learn the latest from the world's best technologists. Find the vendors you want and put them to the test.

15th Cloud Expo Expanded Conference Program

Cloud Expo
Track 1: Enterprise Cloud Adoption
Track 2: APM, Cloud and Hot Topics
Track 3: Cloud APIs & Business
Track 4: Cloud Security - Mobility

Big Data Expo
Track 5: Big Data/Analytics

@ThingsExpo
Track 6: Consumer IoT
Track 7: Enterprise IoT
Track 8: IoT Developer & WebRTC

DevOps Summit
Track 1: "Dev" Developer Focus
Track 2: "Ops" Operations Focus

More than 150 all-star faculty members will discuss the hottest technology topics in November. In addition to the expanded APM and API coverage, Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will offer a variety of Linux containers and Docker sessions.

DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo also doubled its content from June, in two full simultaneous tracks for three days.

Tracks and topics for DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo will include:

  • Application delivery
  • ROI and business value
  • Site reliability
  • Continuous delivery
  • Kanban, Scrum, and Agile
  • Continuous integration
  • Release scalability
  • Continuous release
  • Service virtualization
  • Operational monitoring
  • Capacity management
  • Load testing
  • Quality assurance
  • Manager and exec support
  • Release automation
  • Cultural change
  • Breaking down IT silos
  • Cloud development
  • Cloud platforms
  • Test automation
  • Teaming
  • Application security
  • API management
  • Identity and access
  • Audit and control
  • DevOps and ITIL, ISO, Six Sigma, COBIT
  • Mobile DevOps
  • DevOps for legacy systems
  • Software-defined servers
  • Network automation
  • Server automation
  • Configuration automation
  • Continuous support
  • DevOps anti-patterns
  • Enterprise DevOps
  • DevOps system architecture
  • IT orchestration
  • Containerization
  • DevOps skills and training
  • WebOps, CloudOps, ChatOps, NoOps
  • Change management

Tracks and topics for Internet of @ThingsExpo will include:

Consumer IoT & Wearables

  • Wearables
  • Smart Appliances
  • Smart Cars
  • Smartphones 2.0
  • Smart Travel
  • Personal Fitness
  • Health Care
  • Personalized Marketing
  • Customized Shopping
  • Personal Finance
  • The Digital Divide
  • Mobile Cash & Markets
  • Games & the IoT
  • The Future of Education
  • Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT

  • The Business Case for IoT
  • Smart Grids
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Transportation
  • The Smart Home
  • M2M
  • Authentication/Security
  • Wiring the IoT
  • The Internet of Everything
  • Digital Transformation of Enterprise IT
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Local & State Government
  • Federal Government

IoT Developers

  • Eclipse Foundation
  • Cloud Foundry
  • Linux Containers
  • Node-Red
  • Open Source Hardware
  • AJAX and the IoT
  • Leveraging SOA
  • Multi-Cloud IoT
  • Evolving Standards
  • WebSockets
  • Security & Privacy Protocols
  • GPS & Proximity Services
  • Bluetooth/RFID/etc.
  • XMPP
  • Nest Labs

Sponsorship Opportunities
for Cloud Expo
® 2014 Silicon Valley
Cloud Expo® 2014 Silicon Valley "show prospectus" has shipped. Sponsorship, exhibit, and keynote opportunities can be obtained from Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, or by phone 201 802-3021.

Early Bird Registration Options
for Cloud Expo
® 2014 Silicon Valley
Cloud Expo® delegates can pre-register for Cloud Expo® Silicon Valley with Early Bird savings here.

About SYS-CON Media & Events
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) has since 1994 been connecting technology companies and customers through a comprehensive content stream at www.sys-con.com - featuring over forty focused subject areas, from Cloud Computing to Web Security - interwoven with market-leading full-scale conferences produced by SYS-CON Events. The company's internationally recognized brands include among others Cloud Expo® (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), Big Data Expo (http://BigDataExpo.net), Virtualization Conference & Expo (www.VirtualizationConference.com), DevOps Summit (http://DevOpsSummit.sys-con.com), Internet of @ThingsExpo (http://www.ThingsExpo.com), SDDC Expo (http://SDDCExpo.sys-con.com), WebRTC Summit (http://WebRTCSummit.net), Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com), Cloud Computing Bootcamp (www.CloudComputingBootcamp.com), and UlitzerLive! New Media Conference & Expo (http://events.sys-con.com).

Cloud Expo® is a registered trademark of Cloud Expo, Inc.

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