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Hotboxer Xiotech drops the 'tech', goes all-caps

Xiotech is dropping the "tech" to become just XIO and it has souped up its Hybrid ISE box. XIO as a term has form; check Wikipedia: "XIO is a packet-based, high-performance computer bus employed by the SGI Origin 2000, Octane, Altix, Fuel and Tezro machines. The XIO forms a bus between high-performance system devices and the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2011
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Xiotech's ISE price cut

Xiotech has a special offer; it will cough up $1,000 per TB of old Fibre Channel or SAS disks you junk in favour of an ISE system. If you want to trade up from SATA drives you get $500/TB. There's no limit, Xiotech says, to the amount that can be traded in. You don't get your hands on the actual cash, as it is used to lower the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2010
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Xiotech adds continuous ISE action

Xiotech has added continuous availability to its ISE storage blades across datacentre, campus and metro areas. If one ISE (Integrated Storage Element) – a sealed canister of disk drives and intensive firmware – fails, then connected physical or virtual server applications are automatically switched to a second ISE, with no …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2011
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Xiotech sexes up new boxes

Xiotech is rebranding its Emprise products, and its coming hybrid NAND and disk drive storage blade is five times faster than the disk-only blade. Xiotech supplies 3U sealed canisters of disk drives called Intelligent Storage Elements (ISEs) – which include low-level storage array controller functionality, drive manufacturer …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2011
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Xiotech becomes banking apps bottleneck-buster

All change, all change. Xiotech has gained new funding, a new marketing officer, changed its marketing, has benchmarks coming and is setting up a European infrastructure. The new funding has partly arrived in the past month or so, with more coming in the next couple of weeks. The investors are opening their chequebooks on the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2011

Xiotech adopts Permabit de-dupe

Wow; Xiotech is OEMing Permabit's Albireo deduplication technology, following closely on the heels of BlueArc. This second OEM endorsement is terrific news for Permabit, which makes a point of saying that its software adds no performance penalty either in deduplication or rehydrating (un-deduplicating) deduplicated data. Xiotech …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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Seagate's bought a disk drive array firm. Déjà vu? You betcha

Seagate has tried making a go of the disk drive array business before, and failed. Now it has bought a disk array supplier for the second time. What's different, and could X-IO's technology have a role to play? In 2000 X-IO, then a five-year old startup known as Xiotech and offering virtualising SAN storage arrays, was bought by …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
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Xiotech could be leaving the prairie

Revived storage startup Xiotech has issued a denial that it is planning to move its headquarters from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. There are two prominent storage suppliers based in Minnesota: Compellent, which is being bought by Dell, and Xiotech. The latter supplies the unique ISE (Integrated Storage Element) brick or storage …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2010
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Xiotech saddles up, heads west, fires a few guys

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. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2011
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Xiotech grasps hilt of Katana, prepares to unsheath

We understand Xiotech is getting to ready to announce its Katana product, an ISE storage brick using solid state drives. Chief strategy officer Jim McDonald said in a briefing call today that there is a gap in the market between traditional storage arrays with tiers of hard disk drives and maybe a top tier of solid state drives …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2010
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Xiotech cracks GlassHouse

Xiotech's new management team has scored a big channel win by signing up GlassHouse to work on joint development and marketing efforts using Xiotech's ISE technology. GlassHouse is a data centre infrastructure consulting services company that has grown by acquisition that has filed for an IPO after an earlier IPO attempt failed …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2010
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Xiotech execs are betting the company on ISE

Xiotech has abandoned the Emprise brand, and is focusing on ISE, its intelligent super disk enclosure product line, with a high capacity product coming. In a briefing at Cloud Expo in the UK, CEO Alan Atkinson reckoned that the recently launched Hybrid ISE – the one with solid state drives (SSDs) as well as hard disk drives …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2011
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Xiotech unscabbards go-faster flash-mungous ISE blade

Six months after it was announced, Xiotech's go-faster flash-enhanced ISE storage blade is here, and ready to rock and roll. Hybrid ISE combines multi-level cell (MLC) flash with hard disk drives and continuously and automatically moves data between these two storage tiers to optimise I/O performance. In its 3U enclosure there …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2011
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Xiotech's management by iPhone and iPad

Xiotech has gone and done it, offering its ISE array monitor iPhone demo as an iPhone app. The company's intelligent Storage Element (ISE), its sealed and long-life canister of disk drives, can now be managed, or rather monitored, through its CorteX API by Apple's uber-successful smart phone and the ISEview app. ISEview allows …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2010
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Brick house Xiotech grows new NAS head

Storage brick supplier Xiotech has quietly changed strategy and built its own file and block access controller for its ISE storage blades. The company introduced its ISE (Integrated Storage Element) sealed canister of 2.5-inch drives a couple of years ago, and promoted a message that traditional storage array controllers put too …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2011
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Xiotech offers cash for storage clunkers

Xiotech has jumped on the car cash for clunkers programme and is offering its own cash for disk clunkers deal. Car buyers in the USA can trade in older cars for newer models and get a rebate of up to $4,500. Xiotech is offering a $1000 per TB rebate program on purchases of its Emprise and VM storage arrays as a trade-in deal. …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2009
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Xiotech's go-much-faster storage brick

Xiotech has announced its go-faster hybrid ISE storage brick containing a mix of solid state drives and spinning disk drives. Xiotech's storage brick, the ISE (Intelligent Storage Element), is a single super disk drive, a sealed enclosure of 2.5-inch drives that are virtualised as a single disk, with drive manufacturer …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2011
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Tech veep denies Xiotech ISE controller strategy change

Rob Peglar, Xiotech's VP for technology, took issue with some aspects of the story about the ISE NAS Controller Node. He told the Reg: The basic clarification is this: ISE NAS today is exactly the same strategy as it was back in April.  We have changed high-stack technology, from Symantec Filestore to Windows 2008 Storage …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2011

Xiotech won't get OEM ISE deals

Why isn't Xiotech, the supplier of sealed ISE enclosures of Seagate disk drives, not getting any OEM deals with the likes of NetApp and Xyratex? After all, it offers better performance from an ISE than the equivalent number of hard drives in an ordinary enclosure, plus it provides a 5-year warranty that no engineer will need to …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2010
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Pillar and Xiotech whip Exchange competition

Pillar Data and Xiotech are much better at providing storage for 8,000 Exchange 2007 users than the competition in terms of drive spindle needs and response latency. Microsoft has encouraged its storage partners to run benchmarks at varying levels of Exchange user populations for both Exchange 2007 and 2010. We looked at the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2010
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Xiotech forging secret Katana project

Word has reached us of a development project codenamed Katana inside Xiotech, with hints that the project involves HDD and SSD hybrid craftsmanship. Xiotech's ISE (Intelligent Storage Element) data pack bundles a set of hard disk drives inside a sealed 3U canister and turns them into a single super-drive. It has RAID inside the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2010
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Xiotech throws blocks at hypervisors

Xiotech has got an IAS architecture to embed its storage building blocks better in virtual server environments with snazzy VirtualView automated storage provisioning and management software. IAS stands for Integrated Application Storage, and the base pitch is that existing controller-based storage is too complex. Storage should …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2010
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Xiotech gets $10m funding fillip

Seagate spin-off Xiotech has raised $10m in a funding round along with a $10m credit line. It will use the cash for product development. Xiotech bought the Advanced Storage Architecture Group from Seagate, and got access to the Integrated Storage Element (ISE) sealed canisters of disk technology used in its Emprise systems, in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2009
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Xiotech definitely not using SSDs in near future

A Xiotech blog post says unequivocally that Xiotech will not be using solid state drives (SSDs) in its Emprise arrays in the near future. The post, made to rebut a Techopsguys blog, is written as though it comes from someone like Jim MacDonald, Xiotech's new Chief Strategy Officer, although it is not attributed to any individual …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2009
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Is Xiotech right on thin controllers?

Slim down those controllers! A return to thin controller arrays is being advised by Xiotech, which wants us to get away from the current 'fat controller' syndrome. The idea is that too much functionality has been pushed down the storage stack and both modular and monolithic arrays now do fancy things like zero space reclaimation …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2010
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Xiotech reloads Matrix

Xiotech is aiming to build a Matrix eco-system of storage system app vendors linking its superdisk ISE enclosures with direct storage-controlling apps like VMware, Oracle and Exchange 2010. Matrix is not an HP-like integrated IT stack product set, but a dynamic set of storage resources coordinated by a Matrix controller doing …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2010
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Xiotech Emprise takes PowerNAPs

Xiotech has added spin-down to its Emprise ISE storage arrays to save power. The Emprise arrays, which come with a five-year warranty, are built with Integrated Storage Elements ISE), sealed canisters of disk drives, that function as virtual single drives.The product was launched last year and Xiotech has shipped more than 1,100 …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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Xiotech gearing up for big announcement

Xiotech made a big splash last year with its self-healing ISEs: Integrated Storage Elements that repaired failed disk drives in place and cut maintenance budgets. The firm looks like it getting ready to make another splash with generation 2 ISEs. Xiotech Emprise 5000 and 7000 storage arrays use ISEs as their basic component, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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Xiotech in spin transplant

Incoming Xiotech CEO Alan Atkinson has replaced Xiotech's head marketeer with an IBM recruit. Xiotech is the vendor that made a huge marketing noise in 2008 about its Emprise modular array consisting of sealed canisters of drives, with Intelligent Storage Elements (ISEs) being used instead of Xyratex, LSI or Dot Hill-sourced …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2009
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Seagate sells R&D group to Xiotech

Seagate is selling its Advanced Storage Architecture (ASA) research and development group to SAN vendor Xiotech in a rather secretive deal. According to Xiotech, they bought "certain assets" of the business and acquired a license to the associated technology. No details are being offered about what exactly that technology …
Austin Modine, 09 Nov 2007
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Xiotech's CorteX to change the storage world

Xiotech wants CorteX to be the door to a new storage world. CorteX is a REST-using API that lets an application access and manage Xiotech's storage brick, its ISE (Intelligent Stage Element), the sort of super disk drive with fail-in-place components, a five-year warranty and terrific performance from its multiple spindles. …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2010

Storage startups: Hey VCs, it's not just the size, it's the frequency

The funding pattern for storage startups has radically changed as newer young companies in hotly contested marts race for growth. The chart shows the various funding events we have recorded for 32 individual storage startups. These may be declared VC funding rounds or strategic investments. The units are millions of dollars, …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2014
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Xyratex being bought by Seagate in $374m Xmas splurge

Christmas has come early for some: Seagate is aiming to buy HDD test equipment and HPC array maker Xyratex for $374 million in cash. The offer is $13.25 for each Xyratex share, which is 27 per cent higher than last Friday's closing Xyratex share price. There is a definitive agreement between Seagate and Xyratex to do the deal …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013

Ex X-IO exec Alan Atkinson takes reins at Dell's Compellent

X-IO's chairman and ex-CEO Alan Atkinson has joined Dell to run its Compellent operation. There has been no announcement by Dell , or X-IO, but Atkinson's LinkedIn entry shows the move has been made. When Dell bought Compellent its co-founder and CEO Phil Soran stayed on and ran Compellent as a Dell business until he left in …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2012
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New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

HDS has updated its 2010 vintage high-end VSP array with the VSP G1000 and a new operating system, together providing the "highest performance and most available unified storage system in the industry," and claiming it's "the most reliable hardware on the planet." There are three mainstream high-end enterprise arrays; EMC's VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014

All change for XIOtech in Europe

Two years after it first offered its enterprise SAN systems in Europe, XIOtech has acknowledged the failure of those US-based attempts to reach the European market. The company has now opened offices in the UK, France and Germany to support sales of its newer Magnitude 3D modular storage systems here. The earlier episode showed …
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2004
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Xio sends its new Admiral Nelson into storage offensive

Xio's new CEO John Beletic has moved quickly to put his stamp on the company by appointing a new marketing boss - Richard Nelson. Xio Storage makes the HyperISE, a sealed container of flash drives and disk drives that operates with near solid state performance for five years or more, self-healing any failures inside the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2012
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Compellent co-founder dismounts disk biz

Compellent co-founder and CEO Phil Soran has announced he is retiring on 1 March, the integration of Compellent into Dell having been more or less completed. The announcement was made at Dell's Storage Forum in London today. Soran stayed on for a year after the acquisition by Dell to bed the acquisition down, and he feels things …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2012

Permabit goes into dedupe hyperdrive

Permabit has upped up its Albireo technology's deduplication speed by 250 per cent, reaching 400GB/sec. This is compared to the 77GB/sec recorded in late 2010. The tech company claims that its Albireo technology is the only tech suitable for deduplicating primary storage, as it has no impact on primary data access performance. …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2011
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XIO tosses the dice one more time

Neither-fish-nor-fowl storage supplier XIO is looking to server virtualisation for growth spurt that has so far eluded it. If this fails then all XIO's bets could be off. XIO, the renamed Xiotech, makes Integrated Storage Elements (ISE): sealed enclosures of solid state and disk drives with a five-year warranty and rocket …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2011

EMC chief: Why today's IT channel will soon cease to exist

If I had to suggest just one hallmark of the IT channel, I would choose stability. The various organisations that make up the chain have clearly defined roles and well-established business models. But this state of affairs is about to undergo a period of great change. This change has already started, but the pace is set to …
Philippe Fossé, 02 Apr 2013

Disaggregating the storage controller

Xiotech has upgraded its ISE (Intelligent Storage Element) management software and introduced a new array controller, highlighting the divide between suppliers who believe in integrated arrays and controllers and those, like Hitachi Data Systems, who do not. The new Emprise 9000 is a storage array built from an Emprise 9000 …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2010
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Successful desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization: it's complex, it's controversial, it's hard to budget. It is, however, easy to make a mess of it. And if you do get it wrong, every single person in your company will want to know why. Mess this one up and you’ll be lucky if they let you project manage buying toner cartridges for the rest of your career …
Tim Phillips, 17 Sep 2010
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Xio appoints 8th CEO in 9 years

Xio, the storage brick company, has sent its CEO upstairs, brought in a replacement CEO and lost its sales head. It's not quite a normal day in the executive offices. Xiotech makes HyperISE combination SSD and disk drive enclosures with clever software to enhance component reliability, boost performance and tier data between the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2011
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Pillar offers storage clunkers cash too

Pillar is running a Cash for Storage Clunkers promotion, following in Xiotech's footsteps. The company is offering to replace a customer's whole storage array and is working with a technology financing company, Key Equipment Finance, so the customers can turn in old products from any vendor, get a value for the old product and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2009
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Successful desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization: it's complex, it's controversial, it's hard to budget. It is, however, easy to make a mess of it. And if you do get it wrong, every single person in your company will want to know why. Mess this one up and you’ll be lucky if they let you project manage buying toner cartridges for the rest of your career …
Tim Phillips, 26 Jul 2010
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Silver Lake and SMART Modular: The Privening

Publicly-owned RAM and SSD supplier SMART Modular is turning to private ownership via a $645m deal with Silver Lake. SMART was identified as the fifth largest supplier of SSD products by Gartner in 2009. It builds the XceedIOPS SSD using MLC or enterprise-grade MLC NAND coupled with Sandforce controllers. The product has a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2011
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Killing the storage array controller

Stealthy startup ZeRTO's CEO Ziv Kedem could have opened his technology kimono in a comment on a storage controller location story. The lengthy comment cited Cisco's Nexus 1000V virtual switch. It said: "When you are hypervisor resident, you can support things like VM vMotion and storage vMotion, without requiring any …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2010
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NetApp duplicates deduplication

By buying Engenio, NetApp gets engineers working with Permabit's Albireo deduplication technology to increase the effective capacity of Engenio's arrays. Trouble is it looks better than NetApp's in-house A-SIS dedupe. Oops. What does NetApp do now? A-SIS works with Data ONTAP, the software driving NetApp's FAS arrays, and is …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2011
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Storage-in-a-can vendor ditches CEO

Xiotech has summarily dropped CEO Casey Powell and appointed Alan Atkinson in his place. Xiotech is the Seagate spin-off that sells Emprise arrays with sealed drive canisters, using technology bought from Seagate last year, using a $40m investment obtained from an investor group led by Seagate President and now CEO Stepen Luczo …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2009