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Consortium Health Plans Cuts Down on Power Usage and Cooling in Its Data Center Using ONStor's Green Clustered NAS Solution

Friday, November 30, 2007 General News J E 4
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CAMPBELL, Calif., Nov. 29 ONStor Inc., the leadingprovider of scalable clustered NAS solutions for the enterprise, todayannounced that Consortium Health Plans, Inc., a national consortium of 19independently licensed Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, has chosen the ONStorBobcat Series NAS Gateway as its database file storage system. ConsortiumHealth Plans chose the ONStor solution based on its low power consumption,space-saving features and ability to adapt and grow with the unpredictablychanging demands of its enterprise storage infrastructure.

"We did our research to find the best solution that would meet theevolving needs of our business," said Marcliff Fountaine, TechnologyCoordinator, Consortium Health Plans. "From our comparative evaluations ofONStor with other vendors, we found that the ONStor solution would be easy tomanage and have the ability to meet our future storage needs with minimalfinancial impact."

As part of its business process, Consortium Health Plans is required toprovide large amounts of database information to the Blue Cross Blue ShieldSystem as part of its sales cycle, using Oracle database software as itsenterprise data manager. Prior to the ONStor implementation, the storageinfrastructure was failing in its ability to support such a large draw on theOracle system. In addition, the company found that office automation filestorage was growing at a rate of 15 percent a year. It needed a system thatcould accommodate this growth, recognizing that it could be unpredictable andspike at various times during the year. Therefore, Consortium Health Plansneeded to implement an entirely new storage system for structured andunstructured data. The company also chose to leverage the virtual serverfeature of the ONStor to hold compressed images of other servers if needed fordisaster recovery. They also plan to consolidate their existing standalonefile servers onto the ONStor Bobcat.

"I like the flexibility we have now," says Fountaine. "We can add anotherNAS head for redundancy and we can grow storage independently through theaddition of disk arrays of our choice. This solution also consumes less powercompared to what we had before and is more efficient. ONStor has changed ourentire storage management system -- for the better."

About Consortium Health Plans

Consortium Health Plans, Inc. was formed in 1992 to position Blue Plans asthe carrier of choice for national accounts by providing strategic marketintelligence, strong market relationships, and leading edge sales tools.

About ONStor

ONStor drives down the cost of storage management by delivering scalableclustered NAS that saves enterprises 50 percent on total cost of ownershipwith systems that let customers start small and scale massively as theirrequirements grow. ONStor's award-winning Pantera Clustered NAS Systems andBobcat NAS Gateways consolidate information from multiple Windows, UNIX andLinux devices into a single, highly scalable file storage environment. Theopen storage architecture allows existing assets to be leveraged, whileintegrated file server virtualization enables resources to be redeployedquickly to accommodate changing needs. Proven at hundreds of enterprisecustomer sites, ONStor delivers the cost-effective approach to scalablestorage. More information about ONStor can be found at http://www.onstor.com.

ONStor, the ONStor logo, Pantera, and Bobcat are trademarks of ONStor,Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other marks and trademarks are ormay be the property of their respective owners. Information regardingproducts, services and offerings may be superseded by subsequent documents andare subject to change without notice. For the latest information andspecifications regarding ONStor, Inc. and any of its offerings or services,please contact your local sales office or the corporate headquarters.

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