Fixstars Solutions Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Silver Cloud Platform Competency

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Fixstars earns distinction through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.

Sunnyvale, CA, USA — Aug 3, 2015 — Fixstars Solutions Inc., a global leader in providing parallel processing technology, today announced it has achieved a Silver Cloud Platform competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications. And to ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction.

Fixstars Solutions has achieved a track record of numerous successful projects with hyper-scale cluster server systems. For example, a life science application was ported and optimized for the Microsoft Azure running 64-bit Linux in IaaS, and the processing time was dramatically reduced by effectively utilizing over 5000 CPU cores. With the extensive knowledge of parallel processing technology, Fixstars Solutions provides services to port and optimize software working on a local system to the Microsoft Azure.

“This Microsoft Silver Cloud Platform competency showcases our expertise in today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Akihiro Asahara, CEO of Fixstars Solutions Inc. “Our plan is to accelerate our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

“By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

 

About Cloud Platform Competency and the Microsoft Partner Network

Attaining the Microsoft Cloud Platform competency demonstrates partner expertise in building, integrating and/or extending Windows-based applications and infrastructure solutions in the cloud using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. With more than 57 percent of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft Azure, the Microsoft Cloud Platform competency can help partners take advantage of the growing demand for infrastructure and software as a service solutions. Equipped with exclusive training, partners can help customers deploy solutions that increase customer productivity and profitability.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

About Fixstars

Fixstars Solutions is a technology company devoted to our philosophy “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of flash memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars Solutions provides “Green IT”, while accelerating customers’ business in various fields.

Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment. For more information, visit www.fixstars.com .

 

Fixstars Will See You at the Embedded Systems Conference

Fixstars will be hosting Booth 56 at ESC 2015

July 20, 2015 – Sunnyvale, CA – As a leading player in high-speed storage, Fixstars Solutions, Inc. is going to participate in this year’s Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) held from July 20th to 22nd, during which Fixstars’ booth will be open on the 21st and 22nd.

In early May, Fixstars Solutions has just released SSD-6000M, the world’s first 6TB*1 Solid State Drive (SSD).  Fixstars’ SSD series aim to provide a reliable data-storage solution to a wide variety of users in video recording, medical imaging, big data analysis, network infrastructure, and industrial applications. SSD-6000M not only stands as the largest capacity 2.5″ SSD ever, but also provides consistently high-performance throughout its lifetime. With persistent read speeds of up to 540 MB/s, and write speeds of up to 520MB/s, the SSD-6000M will serve as the best partners for individuals and enterprises seeking sleek and high-capacity storage devices with great reliability.


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During ESC, Fixstars will be hosting product exhibition as well as receiving customer inquiries at booth 56, everyone is welcomed to come by and visit Fixstars at the site.

The ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Conference & Demo Hall will be held at:

Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California 95054

*1 1TB=1,000,000,000,000 Bytes. The actual user space will be smaller.

 

 

Fixstars Releases 6 Terabyte SSD, the World’s Largest 2.5” SATA SSD

Speed Up your Application with Consistent, Fast Sequential Throughput

May 7, 2015 – Sunnyvale, CA – Fixstars Solutions, Inc. has released the world’s first 6TB*1 Solid State Drive (SSD), the Fixstars SSD-6000M, which is the largest capacity SSD*1 in 2.5″ x 9.5mm form factor. Fixstars is now accepting orders that will be shipped to customers in the United States in late July.

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Fixstars SSD-6000M

The world’s first 6TB drive is built on cutting edge 15nm MLC Flash Memory which has been packed into a dense 2.5″ form factor.

The Fixstars SSD-6000M supports SATA 6Gbps, providing read speeds of up to 540 MB/s, and write speeds of up to 520MB/s for sequential access. As with the Fixstars SSD-3000M, the proprietary SSD controller enables a stable, high I/O performance for sequential access throughout the lifetime of the drive. This characteristic has proven to be highly effective in numerous areas such as video recording, medical imaging, big data analysis, network infrastructure, and industrial applications.

Satoshi Miki, the CEO of Fixstars Corporation, offered the following comment: “The unparalleled performance of our previous model’s (The SSD-3000M) sequential I/O helped propel our SSDs and garner lots of attention. Since many of our customers desire even greater capacity, I am excited to offer a new solution and grow the product line with the inclusion of the larger SSD-6000M.” He continues, “Since our SSD’s capacity is now able to compete with high-end hard drives, we feel our product can draw the attention of data centers as well.”

For more detailed information regarding Fixstars’ SSD series, please visit http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/

*1 1TB=1,000,000,000,000 Bytes. The actual user space will be smaller.
*2 As of May 7, 2015

Fixstars Announces World’s First, Portable, 12TB SSD, 4Bay, 2.5” Storage Solution

April 13, 2015 – Sunnyvale, CA – Fixstars Solutions Inc., an innovator in flash storage solutions, today announced the release of the world’s highest density external storage solution, totaling 12TB of storage with high I/O speeds in an ultra-small footprint.

This solution combines Fixstars’ SSD-3000M and Akitio’s Thunder2QUAD mini. Fixstars SSD-3000M is a 3TB SATA SSD, which is the world’s highest capacity 2.5” SATA SSD. The Akitio Thunder2QUAD mini is an external storage enclosure that has two ThunderboltTM2 ports with a size of just 3.75”x4.5”x7.5”. This product is designed for video professionals looking for a compact, high capacity enterprise solution.

“This new product is a real game changer”, said Richard Wright, VP of Sales & Marketing for Akitio. “12 Terabytes of portable storage is truly unheard of in the current market. You would need to carry around a couple of 8 bay units to get 12 Terabytes of data and due to the size and weight of those units they certainly would not be very portable.”

Another great feature of this solution is its high bandwidth. The host server’s Thunderbolt2 ports can reach speeds of up to 1.38GB per second. “ThunderboltTM delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing.” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt Marketing, “Products like the Akitio Thunder2 Quad mini helps highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible.”

“This solution is ideal for M&E professionals”, Satoshi Miki, CEO & Co-Founder of Fixstars Corporation (Tokyo), “On most ordinary SSD devices, the peak advertised performance is not consistently attainable and continuous writing will often suffer from fluctuating performance. The unique design of our SSD controller ensures consistent high throughput over the lifespan of the device.”

The Akitio Thunder2 QUAD mini with Fixstars SSD-3000M is now available at akitio.com with the 12TB version retailing for $12,999.

About Fixstars
Fixstars Solutions is an innovator in flash storage solutions devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Combining expertise in multi-core processors programming and the use of next generation memory technology, Fixstars provides the best performance and the highest capacity storage solutions.

About Akitio
More information about the Thunder2 QUAD mini as well as the complete line of Akitio products can be found at www.akitio.com or by contacting sales@akitio.com

 

* Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the US and other countries

 

Fixstars Launches the World’s Highest Density SSD, “SSD-3000M” For Media and Entertainment Professionals

The Highest Density and Performance Reliability for professionals.

Sunnyvale, CA – Feb 17, 2015 – Fixstars Solutions Inc., an innovator in flash storage solutions, today announced the start of sales for 3TB SSD, SSD-3000M, and 1TB SSD, SSD-1000M, in North America. The products feature enterprise level reliability and unprecedented sequential read/write performance aimed at professional content creation, Advanced driver assistance systems(ADAS), HPC, and Datacenters.

The 3TB SSD-3000M has the world’s highest capacity*1 for 2.5” SATA SSD. High capacity SSDs help reduce the number of drives required in professional setups reducing operational costs such as maintenance, energy, and chassis/rack infrastructure. More importantly a more reliable workflow with minimum handling failures is of significantly valuable. These disks integrate Fixstars’ proprietary NAND controller preventing latency spikes and performance deterioration ensuring consistent high performance. Applications for which fast and stable disk writes are crucial such as 4K video recording/editing and encrypted storage for film will benefit the most from Fixstars solid state disks.

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“The SSD-3000M/1000M were released in Japan last November, and have been getting great feedbacks from our customers”, said Satoshi Miki, CEO & Co-Founder of Fixstars Corporation (Tokyo), “As an innovator of storage solutions, we are focused on providing high performance and reliability SSD solutions, to accelerate our customer’s business”.

For more information on the SSD-3000M/1000M, please visit our web site.

*1: As of Nov 18th 2014, according to a survey by Fixstars Corp.

About Fixstars

Fixstars Solutions is a technology company devoted to our philosophy “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of flash memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars Solutions provides “Green IT”, while accelerating customers’ business in various fields. Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment. For more information, visit www.fixstars.com.

 

 

Fixstars Establishes Canadian Subsidiary

Sunnyvale, CA — November 3rd, 2014 — Fixstars Solutions, Inc. announced it’s Canadian subsidiary’s first official day of operations today.

Fixstars Solutions Canada will help to grow it’s parent companies’ business in the United States and abroad by expanding their research and development capabilities in multicore, storage, and cloud computing technologies. The new subsidiary will be headquartered in Victoria BC. Akihiro Asahara, the CEO of Fixstars Solutions will assume the role of Chairman while Owen Stampflee will assume the role of CEO.

About Fixstars Solutions

Fixstars Solutions is a software company devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars Solutions provides “Green IT,” while accelerating customers’ business in various fields. Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment.
For more information, visit www.fixstars.com.

Fixstars Solutions Adopts Microsoft Azure to Boost Life Science Application Performance

Sunnyvale, CA — August 12th, 2014 — Fixstars Solutions Inc. today announced that it has adopted Microsoft Azure to help boost the performance of its life science application. The importance of computer simulation and analysis in life science field is growing, and some life science applications, such as Molecular Dynamic Simulation and DNA sequencing, consume a vast amount of computing resources. Building a private cluster server system only for these compute intensive applications can be complex and costly. Fixstars Solutions developed a computing platform for life science applications on Microsoft Azure, designed to provide an elastic and high performance cluster server system.

Fixstars Solutions has extensive knowledge of parallel processing technology, with a track record of numerous successful projects with hyper-scale cluster server systems. For the US Air Force Research Lab, Fixstars Solutions developed a simulation and video processing system made up of 2,016 SONY PS3® nodes. Recently, Fixstars and Mizuho Securities succeeded in accelerating derivative valuation system by 30-folds with Intel Xeon Phi® Coprocessors.

Fixstars Solutions worked closely with Microsoft to efficiently port a life science application to Microsoft Azure in three weeks. The nature of the target application is compute-intensive, and requires about 1000 CPU cores. After some initial benchmarking, it was found that the Microsoft Azure A8/A9 instances, which are optimized for high performance computing (HPC) applications, out-performed the competing cloud services, which lead to the decision to utilize Microsoft Azure. As a result of Microsoft Azure’s HPC capabilities, Fixstars Solutions was able to achieve a performance boost of more than 4-folds when compared to the software working originally on the private cluster server system.

“I am pleased to work with Microsoft to bring solutions to market that we believe will advance the life sciences field.” said Akihiro Asahara, CEO of Fixstars Solutions. “Using Microsoft Azure’s new compute intensive instances, A8 and A9, we can use a high performance cluster server system having over 1000 CPU cores available at all times.”

“The flexibility, speed and cost-saving of cloud computing has the power to accelerate crucial research in the life sciences field,” said Venkat Gattamneni, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. “We look forward to continued work with Fixstars Solutions to boost the performance of life sciences applications using the Microsoft Azure platform.”

Fixstars Solutions will release solutions built on Microsoft Azure, and provide technical service and consulting for clients using Microsoft Azure. Not only will Fixstars aid in porting to Microsoft Azure to achieve speed-up from parallel processing, but will also aid in enhancing system availability and reducing operation costs by using Azure’s management functions made available through Microsoft Azure SDK and command-line tools.

 

About Fixstars Solutions

Fixstars Solutions is a software company devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars Solutions provides “Green IT,” while accelerating customers’ business in various fields. Learn more about how Fixstars Solutions can accelerate your business in life science, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment.
For more information, visit www.fixstars.com.

Fixstars and Mizuho Securities Succeeds in Accelerating Derivative Valuation System by 30-folds with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor

Mizuho Securities becomes the first Financial Institution to deploy the coprocessor in the Production Environment

TOKYO — June 2, 2014 — Fixstars Corporation today announced that Fixstars and Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd achieved a 30-folds speed-up by porting Mizuho Securities’ Derivative Valuation System to Intel’s many-core processor, “Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors”.  Mizuho Securities has become world’s first financial institution to utilize the Xeon Phi™ coprocessor in the Production Environment.

The recent low interest rates have increased the demand for structured bonds, which combines the use of bonds in conjunction with derivatives.  To meet these customer demands, Mizuho Securities had been investigating ways to efficiently perform the vast amount of computations required by their Derivative Valuation Systems, which led them to consider the use of Intel’s High-Performance Xeon Phi™ coprocessors.

Mizuho Securities, with the aid of their development partner Fixstars, succeeded in devising an algorithm to efficiently distribute the workloads across the cores of Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor.  The Xeon Phi™ replaces an 8-core Xeon® system, which resulted in out-performing the previous system by a factor of 30.  In addition, by placing an emphasis on source-code readability, a highly maintainable system was created.

“I am happy to announce that Fixstars’ expertise in parallel processing in conjunction with Intel’s Technology had been able to improve upon Mizuho Securities’ Derivative Valuation System,” said Kosuke Hirano, Senior Executive Officer, Intel K.K.. “Intel will continue innovating with the highly parallel processing capability of Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors.”

“I am very excited that our expertise in parallel programming techniques has enabled us to aid Mizuho Securities in the deployment of the New Derivative Valuation System,” said Miki Satoshi, CEO, Fixstars. “We had been involved in the project from the researching phase on what hardware to use, and I believe the smooth progress that led to this deployment could not have occurred without the mutual, underlying trust present in the partnership between Mizuho Securities’ and Fixstars, as well as the high capability and the reliability of Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors.”

Mizuho Securities is already using the new system for Plain Vanilla Derivatives, with plans to shift to the new system this summer with Exotic Derivatives.

Fixstars will continue to speed up Mizuho Security’s business through provision of technical expertise in parallel processing.

* Intel, Xeon and Xeon Phi are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Initial Public Offering

Fixstars Corporation, a parent company of Fixstars Solutions inc., announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 100,000 shares of Class A common stock. Fixstars Corp’s Class A common stock will trade on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Mothers) under the code “3687” from April 23, 2014.

See more detail at http://www.tse.or.jp/english/listing/companies/index_e.html

Fixstars to Launch “FlashAir™ Developers”, a Technical Information Website Supporting App Development Using the Toshiba FlashAir SDHC Memory Card.

Supporting App Development for SDHC Memory Cards with Embedded Wireless LAN Functionality.

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FlashAir Developers Website

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — August 1st, 2013 — Fixstars today announces the launch of a technical information website for developers of Toshiba FlashAir apps and services: “FlashAir Developers” http://www.flashair-developers.com/

FlashAir is an SDHC memory card with embedded Wireless LAN functionality. Since FlashAir works as a stand alone Wireless LAN access point, FlashAir embedded devices are able to both send files to and receive files from each other. In addition to wireless networking, FlashAir also retains normal SD card functionality, thus storing data and allowing typical Wi-Fi devices like PCs and smartphones to access its contents.

With FlashAir, users will be able to browse photos in a digital camera from a smartphone wirelessly, as well as download their favorite photos to any networked device, such as PCs, tablets, and smartphones.

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How to use the FlashAir

The FlashAir Developers website provides API information for browsing files on FlashAir cards from typical Wi-Fi devices like PCs and smartphones, as well as providing app development tutorials, sample code, and support information with a FAQ and forum.  By using the APIs from the FlashAir Developers website, app developers will be able to develop apps that work with FlashAir for free.

“I am very pleased to provide the FlashAir API to all potential app developers through the Fixstars Solutions FlashAir Developers Website,” said Hiroto Nakai, Senior Manager, Flash Business Strategy Development, Memory Division, Toshiba Corporation Semiconductor & Storage Products Company. “On one hand, FlashAir is essentially an SDHC memory card with Wireless LAN. However it’s ideally suited to so much more than just digital cameras. I am expecting imaginative solutions to come from the developers who use the FlashAir Developers website.”

“I am very excited to support app developers through the FlashAir Developers website,” said Satoshi Miki, CEO, Fixstars Corporation. “We have been operating developer websites for various platforms and providing valuable support to a large number of software developers. Utilizing this resource, we hope to nurture FlashAir to become a platform for advanced devices and services.”

The FlashAir Developers website is operated by Fixstars in cooperation with Toshiba Corporation.

Additional Resources

The Toshiba FlashAir Product Information:

About Fixstars

Fixstars is a software company devoted to “Speed up your Business”. Through its software parallelization/optimization expertise, its highly effective use of multi-core processors, and application acceleration for the next generation of memory technology that delivers high speed IO as well as power savings, Fixstars provides “Green IT,” while accelerating customers’ business in various fields.  Learn more about how Fixstars can accelerate your business in medical imaging, manufacturing, finance, and media & entertainment.

For more information, visit www.fixstars.com.

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