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Xsigo Systems Announces Virtual I/O Integration with VMware ESX Server 3.5

Xsigo Systems, Inc., the technology leader in data center I/O virtualization, today announced the management integration of the Xsigo VP780 I/O Director with VMware Infrastructure 3, the market-leading virtual infrastructure software suite. The solution is available immediately as a plug-in for VMware VirtualCenter 2.5, the central management console for VMware Infrastructure environments, allowing users to manage VMware virtual machines and virtual I/O resources from a single console. The combined solution enables virtual machine I/O performance optimization, accelerates failover and reduces I/O hardware requirements.

Data centers that use the integrated virtual I/O solution can quickly deploy and configure virtual machine I/O resources and eliminate I/O bottlenecks that can degrade virtual machine performance. Additionally, they achieve greater I/O mobility to accelerate failover and disaster recovery management. The solution also reduces server I/O card requirements by up to 70%, allowing users to deploy less expensive 1U high servers rather than larger 4U high devices.

“As a managed IT service provider, the flexibility and speed of being able to virtualize our environments entirely, from the servers, storage, and the I/O, will deliver tremendous savings in both time and capital costs,” said Sean Kaye, Managing Director of Infoplex. “With the Xsigo I/O Director, which leverages VMware virtualization software, we can get to market sooner and start generating revenue and creating new business opportunities.”

The Xsigo I/O Director virtualizes I/O to simplify management and reduce infrastructure requirements, which helps IT managers deploy VMware software faster, on more servers, and across more applications.

“We welcome Xsigo’s approach for managing VMware virtual machines and virtual I/O from a single console,” said Brian Byun, vice president of global partners and solutions at VMware. “We see Xsigo’s VP780 I/O Director as a complementary solution to VMware Infrastructure that provides flexibility as well as I/O scalability and resilience.”

“VMware users demand more from server I/O, and need faster, more flexible solutions to accelerate production deployments, reduce costs, and help ensure predictable application performance,” said Ashok Krishnamurthi, executive chairman of Xsigo Systems. “The Xsigo I/O Director was designed to meet the needs of virtual machines by providing a virtual I/O infrastructure that completes the virtualization ecosystem.”

This combined solution provides users with the following benefits:

Predictable I/O Performance:
Performance management of individual virtual machines is enhanced with Xsigo’s quality of service features that deliver guaranteed I/O bandwidth to specific VMs and maintains consistent performance management. The result is greater performance control for mission critical applications.

Enhanced Failover and Disaster Recovery:
Xsigo virtual I/O provides enhanced options for server failover and disaster recovery, simplifying and accelerating failover management by allowing I/O to be transparently migrated among devices.

Compact, Cost-Effective Deployments:
Xsigo reduces server cards and cables by 70%, allowing the broader deployment of compact 1U high servers. Compared with large 4U high servers required for many I/O-intensive implementations, 1U high devices consume 75% less rack space and cost thousands of dollars less to buy.

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2008 6:10 AM by David Marshall
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Arthur Cole - (Author's Link) - February 24, 2009 3:49 PM

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