NextIO Upgrades Data Movement Acceleration Appliance

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-21 Print this article Print

The new version of vNET I/O Maestro solves a common data movement problem by simplifying assignment of managed switch resources to virtual machines.

NextIO, a provider of input/output acceleration appliances for storage systems, announced June 20 that it has upgraded its vNET I/O Maestro package with the release of nControl Version 2.2.

The new version of vNET I/O Maestro solves a common data movement problem by simplifying assignment of managed switch resources to virtual machines. The new package also adds support for VMware vSphere 5, three additional new operating systems and new hardware, NextIO said.

Austin, Texas-based NextIO claims that vNET I/O Maestro is the only top of rack I/O fabric appliance that acts like a Swiss Army knife, in that it provides seamless integration with existing and future servers, networks and storage fabrics without requiring proprietary drivers and/or changes to existing governance processes, CEO K.C. Murphy told eWEEK.

NextIO's nControl management software, launched in October 2011 on the vNET I/O Maestro, provides remote centralized management of complex server I/O. nControl provides multiple interfaces to control NextIO appliances, including a secure Web interface, command line interface, API and SNMP traps.

With nControl, the I/O resources of the vNET I/O Maestro (10Gb Ethernet and 8Gb Fibre Channel) can be assigned to connected servers with drag-and-drop simplicity, Murphy said.

New features of nControl 2.2 include support for VMware 5.0, Citrix XENServer, Linux KVM Hypervisor and Microsoft Hyper-V. nControl 2.2 also includes new hardware support for 10Gb Dual Port Ethernet Module with Long Reach Media and Direct Attach Media.

Other new features include enhanced I/O statistics for virtualized Ethernet and Fibre Channel connections.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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