|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Basingstoke, UK, April 1, 2001 - the Prickly Spine Software Company today announced the production release of their Stash-IT Network Attached Storage (NAS) Refragmenter software for Linux and Solaris environments. Stash-IT NAS Refragmenter (SNR) is aimed at Storage Service Providers (SSPs) who provide storage on demand services via the internet or as an in-house managed service.
SNR addresses the needs of business development managers who have made huge investments in storage and server farms and are worried about the effects of technical developments, recently announced by third parties which provide massive compression of Oracle databases and upto ten times improvements in the compression of audio (MP3) and video (DVD) files.
Prickly Spine Software's CEO and chief software architect Spel LeByte says "Many business managers looked at the IDC and Gartner market size forcasts for managed web storage, which along with the EMC funded research on storage growth, suggested that selling storage on demand would be a great basis for a business plan. We know many people who rushed out and spent upwards of $100 million on NAS with the idea of making a quick killing in these emerging markets, just based on the information they saw in the press releases, and without reading the in-depth market research reports. The combination of the recession in the US, and the new generation of compression software based on fractious technology, which means that data can fit into less than one tenth of the space previously required, are causing serious headaches for many SSPs, and the pages of job sites like Monstor.com are filling up with resumes from storage marketers. Our new product addresses that problem, so that the SSP marketers responsible for the overinvestment in storage capacity can keep their jobs. "
In an interview STORAGEsearch editor Zsolt Kerekes asked Mr. LeByte why the company didn't have a version for any Microsoft operating systems at launch time. "Isn't this going to be a big mistake?"
In reply, CEO, Spel LeByte admitted that the company had indeed developed a Windows NT beta but had decided at the last minute not to go ahead with it at product launch. "We believe that Storage Refragmentation is going to be a very big market, but we heard rumours that Microsoft might be working on a similar product. If they decided to do the refragmenter (product) they would have overwhelming technical and marketing advantages. For example they could bundle it with the OS or tweak the Windows kernel to make their refragmenter work better. In our benchmarks we got much better storage expansion with the Unix versions, and that's going to account for maybe 60% of the SSPs in our target market. "
About the company:-
Prickly Spine Software is a pre IPO company based in Basingstoke England. Founded in 1998 by the current CEO and chief software architect Spel LeByte, the company employs approximately 300 sentient beings. Approximately 90% of the staff (mostly retired hedgehogs) are employed in technical roles in software development and quality control. The remainder (mainly mice) are involved in sales, marketing and other management roles.
The company is also the publisher of the ScryWare - Plausible Business Plan Generator. Prickly Spine Software is currently looking for VARS in the USA and Canada.
Goblin owned VARS should contact Gunnar's Goblin Hammers which has an exclusive worldwide agreement covering the use of Stash-IT on goblinnet.
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