SOURCE: Xiotech


August 31, 2010 12:58 ET

Xiotech Sets VDI Cost-Per-User Benchmark at $25 and "ISEs" Competition Across All Metrics

VMworld 2010 Demo of 1,000-User VDI Deployment on Single Storage Blade; CTO Steve Sicola to Speak on Unleashing VDI's Potential

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) -  Xiotech Corporation, the leader in Intelligent Application Storage, today issued a challenge to the industry around performance and administration of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) and also announced a new benchmark for VDI cost per user at $25 annually -- a predictable, linear cost based on the unparalleled performance, capacity and reliability of ISE storage blades.

With VDI adoption challenged by escalating infrastructure costs, unpredictable performance and lengthy provisioning, most competing storage systems depend on over-provisioning and overly optimistic technology assumptions to achieve stated costs per desktop -- typically years into deployment. With the industry-leading performance, rack density and reliability of Intelligent Storage Element (ISE™)-based storage, VDI deployments on day one can achieve:

  • $25 annual cost per user
  • Nearly 20 TB and more than 12,000 IOPS in 3U
  • 97 percent capacity utilization
  • 43 percent fewer drives than a similarly powered competitive array
  • 40 percent less rack space than a similarly powered competitive array
  • At least twice as many users in 3U, 5.25 inches, than a similarly powered competitive array

Additionally, with Xiotech's unmatched five-year, zero-touch warranty and integration with all major virtualization platforms from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, customers benefit from an unparalleled level of investment protection. Xiotech also recently announced its "Save the Racks" promotion, which pays $1,000 per terabyte of old enterprise disks toward the purchase of ISE storage.

Xiotech at VMworld:
Show attendees will have multiple opportunities to see Xiotech's ISE advantage and VDI capabilities, including:

"To date, regardless of the parlor tricks storage vendors use to substantiate cost-per-user projections, VDI for many customers has been a win-lose proposition -- either user experience suffers due to inefficiency in the infrastructure, or the business suffers from the high costs of overcompensating to ensure performance," said Brian Reagan, chief marketing officer at Xiotech. "With the combination of predictable, linearly scalable capacity and performance, ISE-based storage is the perfect platform for VDI. It is the only storage on the market that allows organizations to supercharge virtual desktops, scale VDI predictably and on-demand -- and do so while lowering costs."


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About Xiotech
Xiotech Corporation is one of the world's largest privately held data storage companies and the leader in Intelligent Application Storage. Xiotech's patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE™) technology has rebooted storage fundamentals to better align with evolving application demands, including linearly scalable performance and capacity, industry-leading energy savings and zero-touch reliability. ISE storage blades enable organizations to build systems of interoperable, best-of-breed solutions and overcome the bottlenecks caused by current-generation storage infrastructure in the face of explosive data growth, increasing levels of virtualization and ever-increasing application intelligence. With a widely acclaimed service and support team and more than 240 foundational storage patents held across a team of storage industry veterans from EMC, Seagate, IBM, Compaq and DEC, Xiotech is setting a new standard in storage. Follow Xiotech at

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