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Front Porch Abandons VMware & NetApp -- Migrates to Hyper-V and Gridstore

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

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/03/14 -- Gridstore™, a leader in software-defined storage (SDS) optimized for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, today 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.

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"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.

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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:

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