SOURCE: Xsigo Systems, Inc.

Xsigo Systems, Inc.

August 31, 2010 14:30 ET

Xsigo Simplifies and Accelerates Data Center Convergence With First Adapter-Free Ethernet-Based Virtual I/O

Eliminates Need for Added Adapter Cards, Enabling Converged Infrastructures at 1/3 the Cost of FCoE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) -  VMworld 2010, Moscone Center -- Xsigo Systems, Inc., the leader in I/O virtualization, today announced a significant advancement in virtual I/O technology, simplifying and accelerating data center convergence -- a key enabler of private cloud computing. The company today released an Ethernet-based version of its award-winning Xsigo I/O Director, the industry's first virtual I/O technology to leverage the standard Ethernet ports found on every x86 server.

The new technology helps customers drive enterprise efficiency -- both OPEX and CAPEX -- by connecting servers to every data center resource via a single conventional Ethernet server port. Unlike alternative approaches such as FCoE that require costly add-on cards, Xsigo's new approach can deliver a complete end-to-end converged connectivity solution for less than $500 per server, or about 1/3 the cost of a converged network adapter (CNA) card alone.

Claus Moldt, senior vice president, technical operations,, commented, "Xsigo is well known for delivering tremendous cost and efficiency benefits with virtual I/O. Now, Xsigo has delivered an exciting new innovation: to deliver virtual I/O through the ports that servers already have, a technology that will allow us to accelerate the implementation of new devices in our global service delivery infrastructure."

Previously, infrastructure convergence meant purchasing add-on cards like FCoE adapters and PCIe link extenders that are disruptive to install, increase power consumption, and strain IT teams with laborious support tasks. Compared with these alternatives, Xsigo virtual I/O can save up to 80% on capital cost and avoid days or weeks of server downtime.

"Dell's approach to the datacenter is unique in that we preserve customer choice by leveraging industry standards and a customer's current investments to drive enterprise efficiencies. This approach is consistent with Xsigo's philosophy of using Ethernet ports a customer already has to simplify datacenter convergence," said Steve Schuckenbrock, president, Large Enterprise Business Unit, Dell. "Xsigo's Ethernet-based I/O Director enables customers to seamlessly implement a convergence strategy by leveraging the standard Ethernet ports found on every Dell server."

Xsigo I/O Director Benefits
By connecting to servers via standard Ethernet ports, the new Xsigo I/O Director allows customers to:

  • Leverage the power of converged infrastructures with fast, simple and cost-effective deployment: Dynamically connect servers to as many as 64 isolated Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks with a single Ethernet cable to consolidate server connectivity and make private cloud architectures a reality.

  • Install on existing equipment without disruption: Companies can utilize the standard 1 gigabit and 10 gigabit Ethernet ports found in all x86 servers today -- no special server hardware is required.

  • Spend less on new purchases: IT managers can save up to $5,600 per server by eliminating the converged network adapters required by other products.

  • Respond quickly to change: IT administrators can modify server connections in seconds via software rather than physically changing conventional adapters and cables, which can take hours or even days.

"This announcement marks a quantum leap forward in data center efficiency. Now the vast population of x86 servers deployed worldwide can be aggregated into private clouds of highly efficient, interchangeable resources, simply using the connectivity they already have," said Lloyd Carney, Xsigo's CEO. "With Xsigo virtual I/O, all IT managers can now converge infrastructures via standard Ethernet -- the most common data connection on the planet -- and capitalize on the next great wave of business innovation afforded by the private cloud."

Installs In Minutes
The new product installs in just minutes by connecting a server's Ethernet port to the Xsigo I/O Director. Customers then install drivers to their server. Server I/O consolidation and management can begin immediately.

The Ethernet-based Xsigo I/O Director employs the same hardware and software platform as Xsigo's proven InfiniBand-based I/O Director, which is deployed in more than 100 enterprise data centers worldwide and is demonstrated compatible with software and hardware from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Dell, HP, IBM, Hitachi, Oracle, EMC, NetApp, Cisco, Brocade and many others.

Pricing and Availability
Available in September, the Ethernet-based Xsigo VP780 and VP560 I/O Directors are priced starting at $35,000.

About Xsigo Virtual I/O
Virtual I/O technologies consolidate server connectivity and allow a single server connection to act as many, in the same way a virtualized server enables one physical server to appear as multiple devices. With the Xsigo I/O Director, customers can now immediately consolidate their infrastructure, reduce cabling requirements by 70%, cut power consumption by 30%, and complete routine management tasks in seconds rather than hours or days. Xsigo's unique virtual I/O technology offers unprecedented levels of performance, scalability, and ease of use, allowing data center managers to connect any server to any network and any storage resource in minutes rather than days or weeks.

About Xsigo Systems
Founded in 2004, Xsigo Systems, Inc. is the technology leader in data center I/O virtualization, helping organizations reduce costs and improve business agility. Based on patented and award-winning technology, Xsigo offers a complete I/O virtualization product family which includes the VP560 and VP780 I/O Directors. Xsigo has hundreds of customers, partners and resellers around the globe and services multiple industries including financial, education, government, entertainment, technology and telecommunications. The privately held company is based in San Jose, Calif., and funded by Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit

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