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Xsigo Launches Two New Products Optimized For Large-Scale Cloud Deployments
On the heels of launching the industry's first card-free virtual I/O for instant connectivity to the cloud, Xsigo Systems, Inc., the leader in I/O virtualization, today announced the availability of two additional virtual I/O products, furthering the rapid deployment of converged infrastructures required for cloud computing.

The first product, a new Xsigo I/O Director that offers 40 Gbps server connectivity, is the industry's highest performing server I/O technology to date. It delivers 2X the performance of Xsigo's current fastest product and 4X the performance of FCoE offerings. The company also announced its third-generation management interface, the Xsigo XMS 3.0. (View the XMS 3.0 iPad demo here.) Optimized for cloud deployments, the new management tool allows for the automated roll-out and configuration of server connectivity on 1000's of servers from any location using a single console.

"As IT managers transition from dedicated resource silos to flexible clouds, they need new tools that eliminate operational constraints and let them easily manage large numbers of servers with a single keystroke, rather than performing every operation one server at a time," said Lloyd Carney, Xsigo's CEO. "With these new products, Xsigo both eliminates I/O bottlenecks to ensure a great end-user experience, and re-invents I/O management to provide control over entire groups of servers, rather than just individual devices – two element critical to success in large cloud deployments."

With the addition of the new Xsigo I/O Director, Xsigo now offers a range of server I/O speeds – from 10Gbps to 40Gbps – to meet a full range of operational requirements. Compared to Xsigo's current I/O Directors, the new product delivers 2X the bandwidth capacity to ensure a predictable user experience, even during periods of high demand. The increased throughput helps customers to run more virtual machines per server, run I/O intensive applications such as database and Microsoft Exchange, and gain predictable performance by eliminating I/O bottlenecks.

The second product, the Xsigo XMS 3.0, offers a number of unique features specifically designed for the demands of large-scale server management:
  • User-defined I/O templates: the unique ability to rollout or modify connectivity on thousands of servers in seconds;
  • Unified connectivity management: the ability to deploy, view and manage connectivity on thousands of servers from a single pane of glass;
  • Performance monitoring: lets users monitor and manage I/O performance across all servers to quickly identify and remedy I/O bottlenecks, as well as identify underutilized I/O resources to help increase efficiency;
  • Simplified disaster recovery: wide-area I/O management lets users manage and migrate I/O across sites to simplify disaster recovery, move entire I/O identities from one site to another, and recreate an entire configuration at a remote site so applications can be back up and running in minutes.
  • iPad accessable: the new management interface can be accessed through an iPad. With the touch of a finger, users can create and manage data center server I/O using drag-and-drop features.

View the XMS 3.0 iPad demo, here.

Pricing and Availability
The Xsigo VP780 and VP560 I/O Directors with 40Gb connectivity are available this December and are priced starting at $35,000. The Xsigo XMS 3.0 management interface is available in October and is priced starting at $10,000.
Published Tuesday, October 12, 2010 5:47 AM by David Marshall
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