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Texas Memory Systems Joins Linux Foundation

Major enterprise storage provider focuses on upstream collaboration to support cutting-edge Solid State Drive technologies

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Texas Memory Systems has become its newest member.

Texas Memory Systems designs and builds solid state storage systems for accelerating enterprise applications. It uses the industry's leading storage technology, PCI-e Solid State Drives (SSDs), to provide solutions to the IT industry that allow for scalable, low latency messaging with high throughput. These requirements are found today in financial services, social networking and other High Performance Computing (HPC) environments.

Instead of a rotating mechanical disk, SSD uses memory chips (typically DDR RAM or Flash Memory) to read and write data. These drives eliminate the mechanical limitations and latency of hard disk drives and allow storage speeds to catch up with the speed of today's processors, thereby improving performance and productivity. With SSD, applications can accommodate more concurrent users and simultaneous transactions and can be more economical than adding monolithic RAID, servers, RAM, or constant application tuning.

Texas Memory Systems will work with The Linux Foundation and the Linux kernel community to help ensure that its SSDs are supported in the mainline kernel, which benefits Texas Memory Systems' customers using Linux who will have support for their drives "out-of-the-box." The company's efforts to upstream the Linux driver for supporting PCI-e SSD drives are part of an industry effort it is leading to ensure all storage manufacturers have support for new storage devices in the mainline Linux kernel.

"Linux is key to our long-term success," said Jamon Bowen, Director of Sales Engineering at Texas Memory Systems. "There is an enormous amount of innovation within the open source community, primarily driven through collaborative development. Texas Memory Systems wants to help accelerate that work in order to meet both the needs of the community and customers who need advanced high-performance SSDs in a variety of IT environments."

"Texas Memory Systems is pushing the limits on enterprise storage and support," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs, The Linux Foundation. "Solid State Drives are the future of data storage, and The Linux Foundation is eager to work with leaders like Texas Memory Systems to optimize this technology for Linux."

The Linux Foundation's membership is made up of thousands of individual and corporate members, as well as affiliates: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/members. The aggregate contributions from these members advance the operating system to compete in the enterprise and on next-generation computing devices.

About Texas Memory Systems

Texas Memory Systems (www.texmemsys.com) designs and builds solid state storage systems for accelerating essential enterprise applications. The award-winning RamSan product line, known as The World's Fastest Storage®, delivers fast, reliable, and economical solutions to a broad base of enterprise and government clients worldwide. Founded in 1978, Texas Memory Systems continues to architect and engineer the future of solid state storage.

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events such as LinuxCon, and online resources such as Linux.com (http://www.linux.com). For more information, please visit www.linuxfoundation.org (http://www.linuxfoundation.org) or follow the organization on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/linuxfoundation.

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