Meet Xsigo and I

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-09-12 Print this article Print

/O Virtualization"> "This is such a no-brainer for everybody we talk to," Lane said. "We tell them theyll save half their capex [capital expenditure] costs and maybe up to 80 percent on opex [operational expenditure] costs, and theyre not about to turn that down." Xsigo enhances virtual machine deployments by providing scalable connectivity and granular management to address virtual machine performance and security issues. It also features open systems interoperability and a modular design for compatibility with multi-vendor servers, blade systems, networking and storage. This eliminates vendor lock-in and provides the ability to capitalize on future industry advancements, CEO Ashok Krishnamurthi told eWEEK.
"Server I/O technologies have changed little in the past 20 years. Virtualization technologies already deliver benefits to server and storage managers, but I/O management remains cumbersome and inefficient," Krishnamurthi said. "The Xsigo I/O Director completes the vision of utility computing by allowing servers to be I/O-personality independent."
Unlike the physical connectivity of HBAs and NICs, virtual I/O resources can be deployed on-the-fly in response to changing requirements, thus eliminating performance bottlenecks. For security, Xsigos I/O Director can associate virtual I/O with specific virtual machines and can be migrated along with virtual machines to maintain secure access to network and storage resources. Integrated quality of service capabilities permit fine-grained control of performance to help meet specific service level agreements, Lane said. "Its like having a great car, like a Ferrari, but having to drive only 40 mph because you dont have an autobahn—or Highway 101—to run it on," said Xsigo board member and current VC Vinod Khosla, one of the four founders of Sun Microsystems. "Likewise, you might have great components in a data center, but you need the road—fast I/O—to run it." Current server I/O architecture significantly drives up cost and complexity in the data center, said John Humphreys, program vice president of IDCs Enterprise Virtualization research and moderator of the Sept. 12 Xsigo presentation. "As virtualization is already changing server and storage best practices, its logical to extend this to I/O resources," Humphreys said. "Now Xsigo offers a compelling solution that delivers I/O virtualization. We believe that solutions like this will enable greater flexibility and change the way organizations deliver IT services." Xsigo has financial backing from VC firms that include Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners, and Juniper Networks. Xsigos board members include Lane, Khosla and Mark Leslie, founding chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. I/O Director is available now and sold directly by Xsigo Systems in the United States. It is also available from Xsigo business partners in the UK, Germany, Japan, Korea, Greater China, and Australia. Prices start at $30,000. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

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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