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User at 35,000 Feet Gives New Meaning to “Cloud Storage”

First airborne installation of CloudArray

This week, a CloudArray user sent us this email, and he gave me permission to share it. CloudArray has been installed in lots of countries, but I think this is the first airborne installation! We love getting product feedback (good and bad) to help us improve the CloudArray user experience. Thanks to Phil Flores and Magnus IT Solutions for sharing.

Good morning Ann and Phil,

How are you doing? I am groovy. I thought I would send over a couple of data points you can share with your team and/or prospective customers that might be useful.

On Friday night, I boarded a 5 hour flight that had WiFi access on board. As you know, I have had absolutely no formal training or experience with TwinStrata or the CloudArray portal at all.  However, I wanted to see if I could get your software up and running since I had plenty of time on my hands. From start to finish, and using your VM instance on my laptop, I had 400 GB provisioned in the Amazon S3 cloud (using the license information your team provided) within 35 minutes…and that was with no previous experience or knowledge about setting up your virtual appliance!


Last night, I put your AMI EC2 instance up within 5 minutes and provisioned a 17 GB data store, a 25 GB data store, and a 30 GB data store and attached them to my Windows box. Total time from start to finish for all of the connections to be made was 10 minutes. Formatting the drives took longer because they were so large…but that has nothing to do with the TwinStrata software.

Overall…a very impressive software package and kudos to your development team for making the rollout/deployment so easy and seamless. Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information. Take care and I hope you are having a great weekend!

Cheers,
Phil

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Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.

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