Feeds

X-IO to heat up ISE storage bricks with iSCSI access

Plans higher capacity drives, too

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Sealed disk/flash array supplier X-IO is growing at 30 per cent a year and intending to widen its market by adding iSCSI later this year to the existing Fibre Channel access.

ISE and Hyper ISE products are 3U sealed rack enclosures requiring no maintenance access for five years as the smart software inside copes with any component failures and keeps the system working at its rated spec – whether it's 10 per cent, 50 per cent or 100 per cent full of data.

The annual failure rate for disk drives in ISE is just 0.1 per cent, far lower than the industry average of around six per cent. It is a flat rate throughout the life of the product.

There are now more than 7,000 ISE products installed by around 1,200 customers, with a focus now on MSPs and cloud providers. According to Gavin McLaughlin, X-IO's solutions development director: “ISE is high-performing no matter how much data you have on a system unlike other systems that slow down when they hit 75 or 80 percent capacity."

As well as the obvious cost-savings from having no maintenance issues for a warranted five years, McLaughlin says customers save money because ISE is more efficient than other storage arrays.

He cites Kingfisher, a UK retailer which saved 40 per cent on its disk storage costs by storing data on ISE instead of IBM V7000, DS8000, DS5000 and other arrays. McLaughlin said Kingfisher was moving petabytes of storage to X-IO and mentioned Kingfisher experiencing two triple disk RAID 6 failures which made ISE's maintenance-free feature seem very attractive.

ISE products will get iSCSI access in a couple of months – the technology is in beta tests right now – and the products will have 4 x 40GbitE interfaces available. Higher capacity drives are coming, with the enclosure's 40 x 2.5-inch 1.2TB SAS disk drives moving up to 1.8TB for a useful increase in capacity. X-IO says ISE gets more IOPS out of its disks than anyone else.

The company uses the following chart as a way of positioning itself in the market, covering the SAS drive array and hybrid storage array ground:

X-IO ISE positioning

X-IO is growing steadily and aims to increase its headcount by 15 per cent this year. It is positioned for sustained, long-term growth and, within its market area, has unique advantages that are attracting blue chip and other customers. Seven thousand installs are not to be sniffed at. They say this is a solid product with a future. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer
Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
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.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
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.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.