Exablox Completes Successful Beta Program in Spiceworks
Network of 2.5 million IT professionals receives exclusive pre-release access to OneBlox storage solution
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – July 3, 2013 – Exablox®, the company reimagining storage, today announced it has completed an exclusive beta program for its OneBlox™ storage solution in Spiceworks, the vertical network for IT. OneBlox is the industry’s first scale-out object-based appliance accessible with Server Message Block and Common Internet File System (CIFS) network protocols for organizations of all sizes. As part of a Spiceworks SpicePanel engagement, Exablox rapidly tested and refined its OneBlox solution with a hand-selected group of experienced storage and IT professionals. As a result of the engagement, Exablox beta customers now have more than a half petabyte of storage deployed on OneBlox.
Exablox recently emerged from stealth, and is delivering its patent pending architecture to solve businesses’ common storage pain points: complicated installation, cumbersome storage management, a lack of data security and forklift upgrades. Without the shackles of legacy storage architecture, Exablox’s clean sheet approach combines the OneBlox appliance with OneSystem, an elegant multi-tenant cloud-based management service. With OneBlox, companies now have an affordable storage solution with integrated enterprise features, including inline deduplication, continuous data protection, and zero configuration storage expansion.
According to Spiceworks’ recently published 1H 2013 State of SMB IT survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals around the world, small and medium businesses (SMBs) spend $192,000 each year on the latest technology products and services. While budgets have increased, SMB IT professionals and IT departments are still resource constrained, putting technologies with enterprise-grade functionality and reasonable price points in a position to help SMB organizations.
“OneBlox is a best-in-breed storage solution that solves today’s most common storage obstacles, delivering enterprise storage and software starting at under $10,000,” said Douglas Brockett, CEO of Exablox. “SpicePanel participants provided real world testing of OneBlox prior to our April launch, which validated our enterprise class features and helped our development team identify and resolve any potential issues. We look forward to continuing our work with Spiceworks to both better serve our customers and further grow Exablox’s presence in the market.”
SpicePanels are virtual focus and testing groups comprised of hand-picked IT professionals that fit vendors’ desired profiles, including technology expertise, company size, product needs, industry, or other criteria. Custom engagements provide vendors with real-time community feedback and can be conducted as focus groups, beta test environments or product trials. SpicePanels include a group of engaged IT professionals who regularly write product reviews and share their experiences with peers in the Spiceworks Community.
“Spiceworks is an ideal launching pad for innovative technology companies like Exablox who are looking for a real-time environment to test their latest products and services,” said Jay Hallberg, co-founder and vice president of Marketing at Spiceworks. “SpicePanels help technology companies quickly build and test their offerings in a more social way by giving IT professionals a voice and the opportunity to shape the products and services they need the most.”
Exablox is the company reimagining storage. Exablox solves businesses’ runaway storage costs and information management nightmares by providing a cloud-managed scale-out object-based solution that is affordable and easy to use. OneBlox is an inclusive storage offering that combines an elegant hardware architecture and integrated, enterprise-grade software, including inline deduplication, continuous data protection, and disaster recovery. Founded in 2010, Exablox is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. Visit Exablox online at www.exablox.com and join the conversation at www.twitter.com/exablox.