The First Church of Christ, Scientist To Discuss How to Flatten Chronic Data Center Costs Using StorSimple 5020 and Amazon S3

Santa Clara, Calif. – April 18, 2012 –/– StorSimple today previewed a presentation to be given by its customer at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit 2012 in New York City on April 19, 2012. The talk by Terry Barbounis of The First Church of Christ, Scientist will highlight StorSimple’s Gold-level presence at the event. StorSimple and its customer will discuss how to dramatically reduce data center costs using cloud-integrated enterprise storage. StorSimple achieved this presence at the AWS Summit based upon the strategic nature of this category of solution for Amazon S3 customers.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist will share important perspectives on its journey to adopt cloud-integrated enterprise storage, highlight the dramatic benefits and cost savings, and discuss how it is an integral part of its long-term strategy. The speaker session is particularly relevant to enterprises that want to leverage Amazon S3 storage while continuing to deploy high-performance on-premise storage for a broad range of applications and workloads.

“We are extremely grateful that The First Church of Christ, Scientist agreed to tell its story about the combination of StorSimple and Amazon S3 as part of its overall strategy to utilize cloud services and shift from a capex to opex model,” said Bridget Warwick, StorSimple CMO. “We’re also pleased that Amazon recognized the value that this presentation will provide to AWS Summit attendees.”

“I’m looking forward to sharing our experience with StorSimple with my peers at the AWS Summit,” said Terry Barbounis, cloud consultant, The First Church of Christ, Scientist. “Cloud-integrated enterprise storage fits our need to consolidate primary, backup, archive and disaster recovery functions and eliminate expensive backup equipment used for data protection. StorSimple brings us the best combination of features and price, and a client team that works as partners with us, which proved their value before purchase.”

Cloud-integrated enterprise storage is an emerging category of storage solution that consolidates primary, archive, backup and disaster recovery through seamless integration with the cloud. By combining SAN storage and cloud data management on an enterprise-class platform, these solutions enable new levels of speed, simplicity and reliability for backup and recovery while reducing both primary and data protection costs.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist is a global organization with branches in 75 countries. It is also well known for its international news organization, The Christian Science Monitor. It uses AWS and S3 to create an IT utility that allows it to cross-charge infrastructure costs to their departmental customers who can choose to scale up or scale back, including storage capacity.

The Church purchased a pair of StorSimple 5020 cloud-integrated enterprise storage appliances for its VMware and Windows-based file shares. Amazon S3 storage is used as a tier for inactive data on primary storage, as an on-line archive for historical files, as a replacement for backup tapes and as an off-site disaster recovery repository. In addition, automating snapshots and backups means the IT team at the Church saves hours each week by not having to manage backup and tape media. They use multiple regions in S3 for redundant protection against unexpected service or communication outages.

The StorSimple system de-duplicates and compresses data it stores on disk. Reducing data this way allowed the Church to scale back the amount of storage they need by more than 80% compared to its previous Fibre Channel SAN. In addition, StorSimple’s data reduction saves the Church on every gigabyte that is transferred and stored in the cloud.

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StorSimple ( is the leader in cloud-integrated enterprise storage for Windows and VMware environments. StorSimple securely and transparently integrates cloud storage for on-premises applications and offers a single appliance that delivers high-performance tiered local and cloud storage, live archiving, cloud-based data protection and disaster recovery, reducing cost by up to 80 percent compared to traditional enterprise storage. StorSimple has uniquely achieved the most stringent “Certified for Windows Server 2008” and VMware Ready certifications, and was named the Microsoft BizSpark Partner of the Year 2011 and a Best of VMworld 2011 Finalist. The StorSimple 5010 and 7010 appliances were named 2011 Products of the Year in the Storage Systems category by Storage magazine/

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