Nexsan, a leading storage system provider, today announced that its Chief Technology Officer Gary Watson has been chosen as a “2010 Storage Superstar” by CRN Magazine. The CRN Storage Superstar awards recognize the achievements and contributions of visionaries and innovators in the data storage industry.
CRN recognized Mr. Watson for more than a decade of achievements and his consistent breakthroughs in disk-based storage technology. Mr. Watson co-founded Nexsan in 1999 and spearheaded the development of the industry's first enterprise-class ATA storage arrays. He was also responsible for the first ATA-based disk storage systems to rival tape ushering in affordable disk-to-disk backup. Mr. Watson is also credited with developing the first RAID system with an embedded web GUI for simple remote management.
Mr. Watson’s achievements include advanced power-managed storage with AutoMAID® (Automatic Massive Array of Idle Disks) technology enabling energy-efficient disk storage for use in primary, backup and archive storage environments. Nexsan’s power-managed storage systems serve as the foundation for the company’s innovative storage applications like data deduplication. Leveraging AutoMAID, organizations reduce storage related energy costs as much as 60% while lowering data center cooling requirements for green IT efficiencies.
Mr. Watson has also delivered innovations to enhance the reliability of high density storage systems. Examples of these developments include rotational vibration dampening for enhanced disk drive longevity, the use of engineered materials to absorb vibration and reduce mechanical failures, and advanced cooling designs. As a result, customers benefit from reliable storage system performance that significantly lowers maintenance related downtime.
“Solution providers who design and deploy storage infrastructures deal with a technology where change is the only constant,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. “Small businesses and enterprises alike need to safely store, back-up, recover and archive data and these Storage Superstars are many of the unsung heroes who have helped invent better ways of doing this. Yet many of these individuals seldom get the recognition they deserve. We congratulate all the ‘Storage Superstars,’ and are happy to provide an opportunity to shine the spotlight on them.”
“This is a wonderful honor from CRN and it validates Nexsan’s vision of leveraging reliable, highly efficient storage designs to deliver enterprise-class storage systems purpose built for the midmarket,” said Mr. Watson. “This innovative approach has established new standards in storage density, energy-efficiency and price/performance.”
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Nexsan Corporation (nexsan.com) is a leading provider of energy-efficient, long-term storage systems. Nexsan delivers secure storage appliances and modular, capacity-optimized disk-storage systems for a broad range of applications including fixed content storage and archiving, email, medical imaging, compliance and litigation support, disk-based backup, digital video security, and rich media. Nexsan’s solutions are the choice of small and medium-sized companies as well as large global enterprises and major governmental agencies around the world that are seeking cost-correct, high-density storage solutions. Founded in 1999 and based in Thousand Oaks, California, Nexsan sells its products exclusively through a select global network of VARs, OEMs and system integrators. For more information, please see the company’s website.
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