Xsigo beefs up virtual I/O director

Posted on September 11, 2008

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By Kevin Komiega

-- Since its initial product launch one year ago, Xsigo Systems has experienced modest success in the virtual I/O market with more than 30 customer deployments of its VP780 I/O Director. Now the company is making another push with this week's launch of the VP780 x2, a faster, lower-cost version of its predecessor with a new batch of management tools that map the links between virtual servers and physical switch ports.

The new I/O management capabilities found in the VP780 x2 include a single-screen view of virtual machines, virtual switches, and I/O topologies that bridge the visibility gaps between the virtual and physical resources in the data center. In addition, the performance monitoring tools offered by Xsigo can now generate traffic statistics accessible through third-party tools.

Also new in the VP780 x2 are enhanced SAN and iSCSI boot capabilities that make it possible to boot any server from any Fibre Channel or iSCSI LUN for re-purposing of server resources. 

In terms of speed, the VP780 x2 is faster than its predecessor, with 20Gbps of bandwidth to each server, double the 10Gbps performance of the first generation model. The faster server connect speed delivers higher throughput for better performance for virtual machine applications such as VMware's VMotion migration software, according to Jon Toor, Xsigo's vice president of marketing.

Toor says customers can use the features of the new director to more efficiently adapt to dynamic workloads, deploy resources and boost utilization by rapidly changing both a server's I/O personality and its application workload, all within the Xsigo virtual I/O environment.

The Xsigo Director consolidates and replaces physical network interface cards (NICs) and host bus adapters (HBAs) with virtual links  that appear to applications and operating systems as physical components The system uses high-speed InfiniBand HCAs to plug into servers and runs Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic over the connections.

Toor says virtualizing the network is the second step toward enabling virtual server infrastructures.

"More people are looking at the technology seriously than a year ago because they were not in the mode of thinking about I/O. They were trying to digest server virtualization," says Toor. "Once they get past a certain number of servers they realize they're going to be limited to how many virtual servers they can deploy without the ability to dynamically provision I/O."

The VP780 x2 will be generally available next month through Xsigo and its resellers for a starting price of approximately $30,000. -- Since its initial product launch one year ago, Xsigo Systems has experienced modest success in the virtual I/O market with more than 30 customer deployments of its VP780 I/O Director. Now the company is making another push with this week's launch of the VP780 x2, a faster, lower-cost version of its predecessor with a new batch of management tools that map the links between virtual servers and physical switch ports.

The new I/O management capabilities found in the VP780 x2 include a single-screen view of virtual machines, virtual switches, and I/O topologies that bridge the visibility gaps between the virtual and physical resources in the data center. In addition, the performance monitoring tools offered by Xsigo can now generate traffic statistics accessible through third-party tools.

Also new in the VP780 x2 are enhanced SAN and iSCSI boot capabilities that make it possible to boot any server from any Fibre Channel or iSCSI LUN for re-purposing of server resources.  

In terms of speed, the VP780 x2 is faster than its predecessor, with 20Gbps of bandwidth to each server, double the 10Gbps performance of the first generation model. The faster server connect speed delivers higher throughput for better performance for virtual machine applications such as VMware's VMotion migration software, according to Jon Toor, Xsigo's vice president of marketing.

Toor says customers can use the features of the new director to more efficiently adapt to dynamic workloads, deploy resources and boost utilization by rapidly changing both a server's I/O personality and its application workload, all within the Xsigo virtual I/O environment.

The Xsigo Director consolidates and replaces physical network interface cards (NICs) and host bus adapters (HBAs) with virtual links  that appear to applications and operating systems as physical components The system uses high-speed InfiniBand HCAs to plug into servers and runs Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic over the connections.

Toor says virtualizing the network is the second step toward enabling virtual server infrastructures.

"More people are looking at the technology seriously than a year ago because they were not in the mode of thinking about I/O. They were trying to digest server virtualization," says Toor. "Once they get past a certain number of servers they realize they're going to be limited to how many virtual servers they can deploy without the ability to dynamically provision I/O."

The VP780 x2 will be generally available next month through Xsigo and its resellers for a starting price of approximately $30,000.

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