Feeds

Xiotech saddles up, heads west, fires a few guys

'One-time streamlining' accompanies HQ move

Remote control for virtualized desktops

In a decisive break with its past, Xiotech is moving its headquarters from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to Colorado Springs in Colorado, and some people have been laid off as a result.

Marketing head Brian Reagan emphasised that this was a one-off exercise, saying: "Some roles have been eliminated in order to streamline operations. This was a one-time event."

An HQ move was rumoured just before Christmas. The background to it is that Xiotech developed its Magnitude storage arrays from its Eden Prairie base a few years ago, after it had first been sold by Seagate. Once Xiotech bought Seagate's Advanced Storage Architectures Group and its ISE (Intelligent Storage Element) technology, it possessed a development centre for that in Colorado Springs. The ISE technology has come to the forefront of Xiotech's activities and Xiotech's execs are now betting the business's future on it.

Reagan said: "ISE was originally developed in Colorado Springs, and that facility has been the home of the majority of the engineering and development teams, R&D lab, and executive briefing centers.  We’ve now officially moved the company headquarters to Colorado Springs, in keeping with our 'ISE Company' focus. As a result, some roles are being moved from Minnesota to Colorado."

We understand that other roles have been eliminated as well. A source informed us that three sales positions and one sales engineering job have been canned in the western half of the USA. Chief strategy office Jim McDonald said: "Some other roles have been eliminated as part of a one-time streamlining of our operations in line with the focus on ISE."

Reagan says the ISE business is taking off: "Xiotech’s focus is now exclusively ISE, with exciting announcements planned for [the] end of January. "Xiotech experienced nearly 20 per cent year-on-year growth in the ISE business in 2010 and saw our enterprise penetration increase, with ISE now installed in 27 of Fortune 100 and 51 of Fortune 500 [businesses]. We also added significant new controller options in 2010 including NAS and a Scale Out Storage Controller, the Emprise 9000."

New year, new HQ, and new ISE developments. It's gonna be pretty much a make or break year for the company. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes
4TB of home storage is great, until you wake up to a dead device
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery
The race for next generation flash capacity now on
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.