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MIT Relies on Exablox to Store Ground-breaking Research Expected to Recreate the Sun's Power

OneBlox Delivers a Scale-out Solution that Provides an Efficient, Cost Effective Way to Protect Invaluable Research

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – June 9, 2015 – Exablox, the award winning company re-imagining storage, today announced that MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center has deployed Exablox’s OneBlox as its primary storage for local user’s files, images as well as the target for Veeam backups to protect the lab’s ground-breaking research. The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center’s (PSFC) primary focus is the development of fusion power – the process that lights the stars, including our sun – as a potentially endless source of clean energy. Supported by more than 250 personnel and utilizing 2,000 connected devices, the lab’s research creates an endless stream of vast amounts of unstructured data that must be retained and analyzed in perpetuity as well as local user files, images and backups. After evaluating numerous storage vendors, Exablox’s unique feature rich scale-out solution was the only company able to satisfy their critical storage challenges.

“Our scientists and researchers rely on their critical research data and with our growing capacity needs, drive failures put our data at risk if we were to lose multiple RAID drives,” said Lee Berkowitz, IT and network manager at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center. “We knew a traditional RAID-based solution wouldn’t meet our needs, and we also knew we needed a simple and cost-effective solution but didn’t want to compromise on the enterprise features we required. This is why we selected Exablox for our solution.”

The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center was faced with managing and protecting a rapidly growing amount of user-generated data. Its prior storage system relied on legacy RAID, with the inherent lengthy rebuild time in case of drive failure, and inability to easily expand capacity, legacy storage was no longer capable of meeting PSFC’s needs. When evaluating their next storage solution, the PSFC IT team knew they required a solution enabling them to rapidly expand storage, support the backup and recovery infrastructure and improve data resiliency. Of equal importance to the team, in which everyone wears multiple hats, was a solution that would be easy to implement, maintain, and not require forklift upgrades as storage capacity demands increased in the coming years.

PSFC has been using OneBlox, managed by OneSystem, for primary and backup storage because of its rich feature set and the “set it and forget it” nature of the platform. Exablox's zero-configuration implementation and its scale-out object-based architecture enabled PSFC to seamlessly scale to meet its quickly evolving needs without configuring RAID volumes or LUNs. By enabling continuous data protection with unlimited automatic snapshots, Exablox ensures all of PSFC’s important data is instantly protected and can be quickly recovered when needed. Exablox’s OneSystem is an elegant, secure, multi-tenant, cloud-based management system that proactively manages OneBlox from any browser, providing a higher level of storage services while reducing management time.

Since the deployment of OneBlox, PSFC has been spending significantly less time managing storage and backups, and the robustness of OneBlox and its greater uptime are expected to provide significant cost savings. The added assurance that Exablox support is monitoring the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center's storage infrastructure and proactively notify them if anything is out of the ordinary, provides peace of mind that the Center's ground-breaking research is safe.

About Exablox

Exablox is the award winning 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 and strategic investors. Visit Exablox online at and join the conversation at