SOURCE: Xiotech


March 30, 2011 12:00 ET

Xiotech Announces ISE Continuous Availability

Extends Fully Active-Active Storage Mirroring to Deliver Metro Area Non-Stop Storage Operations

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - Xiotech Corporation, the ISE Company, today announced ISE Continuous Availability, enabling non-stop application availability across a metro area and delivering true business continuity. ISE Continuous Availability delivers a full active-active, multi-site storage infrastructure without added storage software licensing costs, solution complexity or support requirements.

Historically, achieving continuous availability was reserved for heavily regulated applications with zero tolerance for latency or downtime, such as trading desks and online banking. To ensure availability at that level required massive investments in hardware, software licensing, and a complex and substantial technical support infrastructure. Organizations that could not afford or manage to these requirements accepted potential downtime by deploying a less-costly replication infrastructure. As a result, when disruptions occurred, the time to fully recover and resynchronize applications could extend to hours.

"Xiotech has changed the rules around array-based data protection by adding a native high availability clustering to storage," said Jon Toigo, CEO of consumer ombudsman and industry watchdog Toigo Partners International. "We have always tended to prefer hardware-agnostic, software-based solutions for data protection for three basic reasons. On-hardware data mirroring typically went hand in hand with performance reduction, limitations on our ability to confirm that replication processes were working and that the right data was being replicated, and of course, vendor lock-in arising from the fact that the same vendor's gear needed to be used at both ends of the link. However, Xiotech's approach eliminates performance impact and provides great visibility into the mirroring process in real-time."

Toigo continued, "As for vendor lock-in, I would be hard-pressed to think of a better storage array in the market today than the ISE storage blade. Bottom line, Xiotech is changing our minds. Moreover, this new addition to the innovative approach that Xiotech has taken with ISE portends bigger things ahead in terms of infrastructure intelligence. Frankly, I am watching this story unfold with great anticipation."

ISE Continuous Availability brings the highest level of storage availability for all mission-critical applications, enabling full read and write access to the data regardless of which of the two active storage blades are accessed. Due to the active-active nature of the product, there is minimal configuration and maintenance, and storage failover procedures are effectively eliminated. ISE Continuous Availability enables virtual and physical servers to remain connected to their data, irrespective of network failures, storage volume (LUN) failures or other disruptive events.

"We take it for granted when applications work, until they don't. The bottom line is that most storage requires constant care and feeding to ensure continuous availability," said Steve Sicola, Xiotech CTO. "ISE was designed to be storage that is invisible and just works. With ISE Continuous Availability we are extending the true active-active nature of an ISE storage blade across an entire ISE infrastructure -- that reaches across the datacenter, the campus, or even a metro area. This is about ISE driving application uptime and powering real business continuity."

ISE Continuous Availability meets the following key requirements:

  • Implementing a cost-effective, active-active mirroring solution between any given storage volume and the virtual/physical servers to which it connects, providing read and write access to both mirror members
  • Providing Fibre Channel-based synchronous communications between ISE storage blades to ensure maximum data availability
  • Eliminating the need for "like-to-like" ISE storage blades at the primary and remote sites to replicate storage volumes (LUNs). Any ISE blade on the network can be used as the mirror for host-presentable, independent copies of storage volumes (LUNs)
  • Minimizing the IOPS performance impact during initial synchronization. After synchronization, leverage multi-path load balancing to increase ISE storage blade IOPS performance

Xiotech executives will be presenting to the financial services community on the topic of continuous availability at the FST Expo on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Lancaster London Hotel. The Xiotech session, "From Disaster Recovery to Disaster Tolerance, the Path to Continuous Availability" will be at 4:00pm BST.

ISE Continuous Availability will be available for early customer access in April, and generally available in early Q3 2011.

About ISE Storage Blades
Representing a new way to acquire and scale storage, ISE is a revolutionary, high-performance, power-efficient 3U storage blade that can be deployed anywhere in the physical or virtual datacenter. Based on Xiotech's patented storage innovations, ISE storage blades set new standards for data storage performance, reliability, scalability and value. Featuring a "zero-touch" design, ISE storage blades are backed by an unprecedented 5-year hardware warranty.

About Xiotech, The ISE Company
Xiotech, the ISE Company, is the world's leading provider of high-performance storage blades, purpose built for today's cloud and virtual desktop-to-data center initiatives. With more than 1,200 customers across all major industries, including 28 of the Fortune 50, ISE delivers storage that scales from the mid-market to the largest enterprise and government organization. The company's patented storage blades provide the industry's best combination of performance, capacity and scale, filling the ever-widening gap between performance-limited traditional storage arrays and capacity-limited emerging memory solutions. The company is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado with an engineering and development center in Hyderabad, India. Field sales and system support teams are located in many other cities across the United States and United Kingdom. Visit Xiotech at, or follow us on Twitter @xiotech.

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