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Specialty Materials Manufacturer Improves Plant Efficiency With ISE Technology From Xiotech

Spartech Corporation Realizes Maximum Performance, Reliability, and Value with Xiotech's Emprise 7000 Storage System as "Hub" of its IT Infrastructure

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Xiotech Corporation today announced that Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of specialty materials, selected Xiotech's Emprise(TM) 7000 storage system, powered by Intelligent Storage Element (ISE(TM)) technology, to be the cornerstone of its new IT infrastructure. The manufacturer chose the Emprise 7000 system to help it improve plant efficiency and operations, citing the system's high performance, reliability and overall value in its decision.

Headquartered in Clayton, Mo., Spartech is a leading producer of engineered thermoplastic sheet materials, polymeric compounds and concentrates, thermoformed packaging and engineered product solutions. It faced continuous I/O bottlenecks impacting its ability to accurately plan and update production schedules, which is unacceptable in an industry where speed can be the difference between adjusting to the market and losing business. The company also was facing escalating maintenance fees from its existing storage system vendor. Spartech, therefore, determined it was time to overhaul its legacy IT infrastructure, starting with a new storage system.

"We knew the Emprise 7000 storage system would be the 'hub' of our IT infrastructure because if we couldn't get to our data fast enough, nothing else would matter," said Spartech Manager of IT Operations Mark Holland. "We see Emprise 7000 as the next generation of storage technology--the ISE technology is way ahead of other vendors. It's provided us with better performance, exceptional reliability and the functionality our business requires, all at a lower cost than other vendor solutions."

Emprise 7000 delivers 100 percent usable storage capacity and the industry's most efficient performance, which does not degrade as capacity utilization increases. Because of these features, Spartech moved its critical production data to the Emprise 7000 system and already is seeing significant improvements.

"Emprise 7000 has improved how efficiently our plant is run," said Holland. "Our users can access their data three times faster than before, and reports that used to take 20 minutes to pull are taking less than 3 minutes. We also can use more of our capacity while achieving far superior performance."

Reliability was another critical factor in Spartech's decision. The company needed a solution that would ensure data is always accessible and never compromised. ISE technology, which is the basis for the Emprise 7000 storage systems, features self-healing capabilities, automatically repairing disks in place without human intervention or downtime.

The Emprise 7000 system supports up to 64 ISE (1,024 terabytes), is managed by dual controllers and comes with an industry-exclusive five-year hardware warranty. It includes capabilities such as Web Services-based storage management via ICON Manager, simplified provisioning and management of storage in virtualized server environments via Virtual View, a distributed cluster architecture, Intelligent Provisioning and a suite of data replication solutions.

About Xiotech

Xiotech Corporation, an innovator in data storage solutions, delivers the highest storage value available today based on its Intelligent Storage Element (ISE(TM)) technology. With ISE, Xiotech((R)) products deliver 100 percent usable storage capacity with no drop in performance as drives are fully utilized, provide more performance with less hardware because of their efficiency, and enable organizations to scale their storage infrastructures up and out with unmatched flexibility. Additionally, Xiotech significantly reduces storage operation and management costs with the patented self-healing technology of ISE, the industry's only five-year hardware warranty and the ICON Manager user interface, which integrates and automates storage operations across the array, server and virtual machine layers. With these technologies, Xiotech stands alone in its ability to lower an organization's total cost of ownership for storage.

Xiotech is based in Eden Prairie, Minn., and maintains major facilities in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit www.xiotech.com, email info@xiotech.com or call toll free 1.866.472.6764.

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