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SMART Storage Systems Wins 2012 Tech Trailblazers Award

Leading Technology Awards Program Recognizes SMART Storage Systems as Key Innovator Within Storage Industry

NEWARK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/20/12 -- SMART Storage Systems, an innovative enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) technology provider, has been announced as the StorageTrailblazer in the 2012 Tech Trailblazers Awards. Voted on by an independent judging panel and the general public, SMART Storage Systems was recognized for the innovative Optimus SSD solution, and the proprietary Guardian Technology Platform.

"On behalf of the international judging panel, I would like to congratulate all the winners of the first-annual Tech Trailblazers Awards," said Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer. "We were truly impressed by the ingenuity shown in the entries, Prezis and YouTube videos. Winners of this year's Tech Trailblazers Awards are some of the most inventive and visionary enterprise tech startups in the world today. I'm sure we will be hearing more from them all in the future."

SSDs have long been considered the answer to the performance roadblocks created by the need for real-time access to information and growing data sets. However, in order to reach the reliability and endurance required for enterprise applications, organizations were previously forced to leverage higher-cost single-level cell (SLC) or enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) Flash, because of the inherently low endurance of consumer-grade multi-level cell (MLC) Flash. SMART Storage Systems has solved the quest for high-performance, high-endurance, cost-efficient SSDs with its Guardian Technology Platform, a proprietary suite of enterprise features and endurance enhancement technologies. This technology and its implementation in the company's flagship Optimus product line was what set SMART Storage Systems apart from the competition in the Storage Trailblazer category.

"This year has been a critical year in the company's evolution," said John Scaramuzzo, president of SMART Storage Systems. "This year we succeeded in bringing innovative, higher-endurance SSDs to market while using the most cost-effective Flash available, and have worked side-by-side with many of the leading OEMs to bring them to enterprises in innovative solutions. Being named the Storage Trailblazer not only validates our approach and is a great bookend to the year, but sets us up to further capitalize on this year's hard work in the coming year."

The Tech Trailblazers Awards highlights innovative companies in nine categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, mobile, networking, security, sustainable IT, storage and virtualization. Winning companies are determined by an independent judging panel and the voting public. Full award results can be viewed on the Tech Trailblazers Awards website.

For more information on SMART Storage Systems, please visit http://www.smartstoragesys.com, the company's blog at http://www.smartstorageblog.com, find us on Twitter under the handle @SMARTSSD, or connect with us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/smart-storage-systems.

About the Tech Trailblazers Awards
Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are less than five years old and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their businesses with exclusive coaching, mentoring and development as well as an estimated prize fund worth in excess of $1m. The awards seek to recognize true innovators in the following enterprise technology and other areas:

  • Big Data Trailblazers
  • Cloud Trailblazers
  • Emerging Markets Trailblazers
  • Mobile Technology Trailblazers
  • Networking Trailblazers
  • Security Trailblazers
  • Storage Trailblazers
  • Sustainable IT Trailblazers
  • Virtualization Trailblazers

About SMART Storage Systems

SMART Storage Systems is a technology leader in the design, development and deployment of current and next-generation enterprise solid-state storage products. Combining leading-edge, enterprise-class design and proven world-class support, SMART Storage Systems leverages its deep expertise in Flash and enterprise storage technology. SMART Storage Systems delivers high-quality, high-reliability solutions to a broad customer base including tier one storage and server OEMs. In support of these designs, SMART Storage Systems provides award-winning innovations in solid-state storage technology, such as NAND high-endurance Guardian™ technology, to a variety of customers in the enterprise storage, enterprise server, data center, defense and industrial markets. SMART Storage Systems is part of the SMART family of global companies. See www.smartstoragesys.com for more information.

About SMART Worldwide Holdings

The SMART family of global companies are leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of electronic subsystems for the most demanding OEMs around the world. The SMART companies have led the way over the past 23 years providing standard and custom products to today's leading global OEMs crossing all major electronic industries. These industries include PC, enterprise and industrial servers, networking, telecom, defense, aerospace, gaming and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART Modular Technologies has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART Storage Systems offers high-performance, high-capacity SSDs for enterprise storage, enterprise server, data center, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management and supply-chain management worldwide. See www.smartm.com for more information.

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