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February 27, 2007
Houston, Texas

PILGRIM A|S, Accessorizes with a Texas Memory Systems Solid State Disk
PILGRIM A|S relies on Texas Memory Systems’ RamSan solid state disk to boost its Microsoft Dynamics AX with SQL Server 2005 applications 2000%

Texas Memory Systems, Inc., makers of the World’s Fastest Storage®, announced that Pilgrim, the acclaimed fashion accessory design firm, is using its RamSan-400 solid state disk to accelerate Microsoft Dynamics AX with SQL Server 2005 applications by 2,000%. Pilgrim has become one of the world’s fastest-growing fashion brands with its unique jewelry, watches and eyewear collections. The company boasts 250 employees and distribution deals with over 5,000 shops and department stores worldwide.

In recent years Pilgrim’s growth began to put a strain on the company’s IT infrastructure. System users began to experience slow response times during high-demand periods. Pilgrim’s key IT infrastructure includes Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise running on HP DL585 servers and a Fibre Channel SAN-based IBM DS4300 RAID storage system. The problem was traced to intense burst of data I/Os.

“Our existing SAN provided a continuous flow of I/Os,” said Anders Schack Petersen, Pilgrim’s System Administrator. “However, since we perform a lot of data intensive updates, the system couldn’t cope and the result was long wait times for users.

To solve the issue caused by the intense burst of data I/Os Pilgrim installed a Texas Memory Systems RamSan-400 solid state disk. The RamSan-400 is the most advanced solid state disk on the market today and the fastest storage in the world. With the RamSan, Pilgrim is able to handle 20 times as many I/Os per second. The incumbent storage system could sustain 1,200 IOPS; while the RamSan-400 provided 24,000 IOPS with capacity for more.

Solid state disks are typically used alongside traditional storage to allow IT managers and database administrators to increase the number of concurrent users and simultaneous transactions without adding servers, RAM, or monolithic RAID. The Texas Memory Systems RamSan-400 used by Pilgrim can deliver an unmatched 400,000 IOPS, 3,000 megabytes per second of bandwidth, and sub-15 microsecond response times.

“Even considering that we do not expect to use the RamSan’s performance to its full potential, the cost per I/O was still better than other SAN solutions we looked at,” concluded Petersen.”

A more detailed case study of Pilgrim’s use of a Texas Memory System’s RamSan 400 to accelerate Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise is available at www.texmemsys.com.

About Pilgrim A|S
In the course of only a few years Pilgrim (www.pilgrim.dk) has become one of the world’s fastest growing international fashion jewelry and accessory brands. Based in Denmark, Pilgrim’s vast collection of designer jewelry continually evolves in step with the latest fashion trends.

About Texas Memory Systems
Texas Memory Systems (http://www.texmemsys.com) manufactures the World's Fastest Storage® and is the market leader in solid state disk technology. Their RamSan line of solid state storage is used to accelerate enterprise applications like OLTP databases, batch processes, and data warehouses, modeling and video editing up to 2500%. Founded in 1978, they sell direct to large enterprise and government organizations. They also sell through OEM and reseller partners.

Texas Memory Systems, World's Fastest Storage, RamSan and Active Backup are trademarks or registered trademarks of Texas Memory Systems, Inc.

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