SOURCE: Xiotech


January 10, 2011 09:00 ET

Xiotech Reduces Southwestern Illinois College's Backup Cycles From Hours to 15 Minutes

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - January 10, 2011) - Xiotech Corporation, the ISE Company, today announced Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) has significantly improved storage performance and availability with Xiotech, including decreasing restore times from four to eight hours down to 15 minutes. For a very active community college of 26,000 students across three campuses and more than 20 off-campus sites, the difference has had a positive impact in managing costs and ensuring resources are always available to faculty and students.

SWIC undertook a storage overhaul as part of an IT centralization and virtual data center effort that resulted in the creation of a 100 server farm. To manage rapidly growing data demands -- which also now include new data collection requirements as a result of a Title III grant award from the Department of Education -- SWIC needed to build a Storage Area Network (SAN) connecting completely virtualized storage resources to ensure the highest levels of performance and availability while also reducing complexity and containing costs. SWIC chose VMware and Xiotech's ISE solutions as the backbone for the virtual data center to provide the flexibility to manage and change storage resources at anytime through a single ISE management platform.

"One of the most compelling reasons we chose Xiotech was the ability to leverage their solutions to split our SAN across two data centers for immediate failover should we have a problem," said Christine Leja, CIO at Southwestern Illinois College.

At the center of the SWIC SAN are Xiotech's ISE storage blades and the Emprise™ 7000 storage controller, with a proven virtualized, distributed architecture. SWIC was able to split the SAN across two data centers with 15-minute backup cycles for full failover capabilities.

"Combining virtualization initiatives with high-performance storage allows organizations to save money, improve service levels and enable better long-range planning," said Brian Reagan, CMO at Xiotech. "Our customers have already realized tangible savings thanks to the increased performance, linear scalability, and reduced maintenance, support and energy use of ISE. They are fully prepared to continue growth and avail themselves of new educational opportunities."

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 27 of the Fortune 100, ISE delivers storage that scales from the mid-market to the largest enterprise and government organization. The company's patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) 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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