Xiotech's new version of its branded Emprise virtualized data storage system, the Emprise 9000, emphasizes the enterprise arrays as the true foundation of virtual desktop infrastructures.
which has always positioned
itself as a maker of intelligent-and ostensibly, more efficient-storage, July
20 came out with a new system that's apparently "smart" enough to
specialize in the needs of virtual desktop deployments.
The Emprise 9000, a new version of the company's branded Emprise enterprise
system, emphasizes the arrays as the true foundation of virtual desktop
Virtual desktops within a corporation, educational institution, hospital or
government office-to name only a few use cases-are attracting more interest as
IT managers look for alternatives to paying for conventional client/server
licenses and servicing individual hard drives each year.
With VDI deployments, local disks and storage are a thing of the past. Virtual
desktop software provides a secure connection to an enterprise system within an
office environment and stores all data created by the terminal user in a
centralized arrays. All applications are housed on corporate servers.
Users need only a monitor, keyboard, speakers and the VDI connection to do
their work, thus potentially saving a lot of money on hard drives and localized
Xiotech is using its own version of storage pooling to accommodate VDI
environments. Pooling is an approach to storage virtualization that delineates
specific areas of the storage system to be dedicated to certain data flows in
order to enable more efficient multitenant deployments.
Virtualized storage systems break files into chunks of data that are dispersed
into numerous data center or storage locations and reassemble them on demand.
Keeping data file chunks closer together in pools allows faster reassembly of
With the Emprise 9000, customers can scale up a starter system from two storage
controllers to 12, Xiotech marketing manager Brian Reagan told eWEEK.
At its most capacious configuration, the new array can handle to up to 1.8PB of
data, with a maximum of 255TBs per storage volume. It also can provide up to
4,096 server connections and 96GB of cache, Reagan said.
"In the last year, we've closed about a dozen deals involving VDI
environments," Reagan told eWEEK. "And it seems like there are more
and more in the pipeline. This appears to be a very strong area for Xiotech,
and I think we're uniquely positioned-in both 3U [5.25-inch] performance and
All Xiotech systems are based on the company's home-developed ISE (Intelligent
Storage Elements) proprietary appliance, a self-contained storage box with
spinning-disk hard drives and redundant storage controllers with local cache,
RAID redundancies and management software.
New management applications
Xiotech also announced the availability of two new applications to go with the
Emprise 9000: ISE Manager and ISE Analyzer.
ISE Manager enables the pooling of multiple data packets across the same data
center or across data centers. The earlier version of the application could
manage the packets but could not pool them for improved efficiency, Reagan
ISE Manager also simplifies the IT manager's job, Reagan said, by providing a
combined look at managing and provisioning storage across any of the Big Three
virtualization layers: VMware's vSphere, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft's
ISE Analyzer, a new feature, provides detailed trending and analysis reporting
in ISE environments, including metrics on performance utilization, capacity
utilization and chargeback capabilities.