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Storage Networking World Names the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation as Category Winner i

GEO Foundation recognized by SNW for excellence in virtualization and innovative use of storage solutions from Scale Computing

The GEO Foundation, an organization setting precedence in public education, announces that it has been selected by Storage Networking World (SNW) as a winner for its Spring 2010 “Best Practices” Awards Program. GEO Foundation was named winner in the Technology Innovation and Promise category for its excellence in virtualization and storage IT solutions.

“We are honored to be chosen as a category winner from SNW,” said Brian Beck, IT Director, GEO Foundation. “Through our research, we were lucky to have found Scale Computing and Citrix Solutions– they made our decision easy and helped us both exceed our IT goals and make implementation a very simple process.”

Through its deployment of storage solutions from Scale Computing and Citrix Systems for its virtualization needs, GEO Foundation was able to solve the issues the organization was facing with data growth and system upgrades. Scale Computing provides highly scalable, modular and migrationless storage systems based on their Intelligent Clustered Storage™ (ICS) technology. Deployed on a commodity hardware platform, Scale storage clusters grow seamlessly from as little as 3 terabytes

(TB) to more than 2.2 petabytes (PB), in increments as small as 1 TB at a time. This technology provided GEO with the storage it needed, at an entry-point price that was nearly 50 percent cheaper than the alternative solutions the organization had researched.

“We love it when our clients see superior performance coupled with cost savings by using our storage technology – it’s what drives our business,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and founder, Scale Computing. “We are excited for GEO Foundation and thrilled to see that they are being recognized for their innovative approach to solving their IT issues. They are very deserving of the recognition.”

Citrix solutions, including Citrix XenServer®, became the choice for GEO’s virtualization needs with its family of products and services that could be easily integrated into GEO’s existing environment. Citrix XenServer is the only enterprise-class, cloud-proven server virtualization platform that delivers the critical features of live migration and centralized multi-server management at no cost. XenServer is an open and powerful server virtualization solution that radically reduces datacenter costs by transforming static and complex datacenter environments into more dynamic, easy to manage IT service delivery centers.

By combining storage solutions from Scale and virtualization products from Citrix, the GEO Foundation immediately saw tangible results and cost-savings. In a little over one month, GEO was able to transition all of their storage onto Scale solutions, virtualize six existing servers and even retire five other servers – all at just one of GEOs charter schools. They have also been able to condense their data to a single backup repository on Scale storage. Overall, they have retired and/or repurposed 14 servers – resulting in more than $60,000 in savings in just one month.

About SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA Web site at http://www.snia.org.

About Greater Educational Opportunities (GEO) Foundation?

The GEO Foundation believes that all children should have access to a quality education and embraces all quality educational options that enable parents to help their children learn and schools to succeed. As part of this commitment, GEO operates four charter schools – three in Indiana and one in Colorado – as part of its GEO Academies network. More information is available at http://www.geofoundation.org.

About Scale Computing

Scale Computing is a developer and manufacturer of complete, end-to-end midmarket clustered storage solutions. Based on Scale’s Intelligent Clustered Storage™ (ICS) technology, Scale’s storage portfolio aims to reduce costs while increasing control, as well as make storage management more convenient for IT administrators. The Starter Cluster line of products provides enterprise-class, truly clustered storage features at a fraction of the price of comparable solutions. IT managers are able to build out storage clusters, starting with just 6 terabytes (raw) up to the multiple petabyte range on a single file system using commodity hardware. One hundred percent channel, Scale’s Generation 3.0 storage solution is protocol and density agnostic. Based in Indianapolis, IN, Scale Computing was named one of Forbes’ Most Promising Companies in 2009. For more information, visit http://www.scalecomputing.com Follo.w Scale management personal blogs and Twitter. Jeff Ready, CEO: @McStartup,http://www.mcstartup.com; Peter Fuller, VP of Marketing: @pioniq, http://www.pioniq.com.

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