Articles about Xiotech

Peglar on the hoof: Micron flash and XPoint VP legs it

Eighteen months after joining Micron as VP of Advanced Storage Solutions, Rob Peglar has thrown in the towel and resigned to take up a post elsewhere. He worked in Micron's storage business unit, headed up by Darren Thomas: the unit responsible for helping Micron flash HW components and software play a part in storage systems …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2016
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Lost little X-IO lays off ~75 staff in Colorado as it shutters factory

X-IO sent a formal letter on April 29 to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, saying it intended to close its Colorado Springs manufacturing operation, and warning that up to 107 people could lose their jobs. In the event 70-80 employees were laid off, with some 50 employees remaining. Potential job rescue, IP …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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Latest in long line of wannabes steps up to helm X-IO

Analysis X-IO has just replaced its ninth CEO with its tenth, exec chairman Bill Miller. Having ten CEOs at one firm in 14 years suggests something deep and intractable in the problems-to-be-solved area. Here’s the firm’s CEO record: 1 – Co-founder Phil Soran from July 1995. He went on to co-found Compellent and sell it to Dell 2 – …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2015

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

Comment 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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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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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 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 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

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 …
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Can a 'one-trick' software firm survive in era of converged engorgement?

Why is DataCore the only dedicated software SAN virtualisation appliance vendor left standing? The answer lies in a skewed revenue geographic model, staff majority ownership of the company and a fair amount of luck. It's also down to a solid product, though other companies with great products have failed where DataCore did not …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2012

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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Private cloud outfit chooses X-IO ISE instead of forklift SAN upgrade

Private cloud outfit RTW Hosting, facing a costly filer forklift upgrade to remedy pressing performance problems, has spent a million dollars on X-IO's sealed ISE storage canisters and says it got itself a twenty-fold improvement in virtual machine deployment speed. RTW provides VoIP and remote desktop services and has …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2012
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Xio shells data centre citadels with barrels of disks

Xio, under fresh new executive management, is renewing its assault on computer data centres, convinced that this time, with a better, more focused business structure, it can breach the big data centre citadel walls it has been assaulting time after time. It is extending its international business structure; concentrating …
Chris Mellor, 18 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 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2012
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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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Ball-gazer casts magic runes to heal HP's credibility

HP has improved its Gartner Magic Quadrant rating by buying 3PAR - but Dell's rating has worsened following its Compellent buy, which has not compensated for its dropped EMC OEM deal. These changes are shown in Gartner's Magic Quadrant (MQ) for block-access, external controller-based, mid-range and high-end modular disk arrays …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2011
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Xio Storage CEO on his 290-mile commute

Comment I am stunned. Xio's new CEO has said he'll spend at least half his time at Xio's headquarters. Is he for real? We're told that this is better than previous CEO Alan Atkinson's turnout; he didn't have a Colorado base despite moving Xio to Colorado Springs. The new boss, John Beletic, has homes in Dallas, Texas, and Telluride, …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2011
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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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XIO tosses the dice one more time

Comment 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
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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

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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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
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How that Oracle and Pillar earn-out really works

Comment Pillar investors will only receive cash from Oracle for the Pillar acquisition if Pillar revenues in 2014 exceed net losses from 2011 to 2014. The acquisition is structured so Oracle boss Larry Ellison's half billion dollar loan to Pillar is turned into preferred stock with other investors holding common stock. Larry gets 1.5 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 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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Souped-up Coraid aims to change its spots

Comment Coraid used to be a downmarket beast, selling its Ethernet storage wares off a barrow on the street - now it's got shiny new management and has new aspirations. Can it make the transition and become a creature to be reckoned with? Coraid sells storage using AoE, ATA-over-Ethernet, protocol which is very lightweight, making iSCSI …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2011
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Isilon and a question of Big Data

Interview Xiotech technology VP Rob Peglar has moved to Isilon, now an EMC business, to become chief technology officer (CTO) for the Americas. We interviewed Rob and asked him questions that reveal quite a lot about Isilon's prospects, big data, the role of flash in scale-out filers, reduplication and Isilon, and what we should think …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2011
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EMC's all-flash benediction: Turbulence ahead

Analysis A rising tide lifts all boats and the blessing EMC gave to all-flash arrays at EMC World will be gratefully seized upon by a string of established small players and start-up wannabees such as Pure Storage and SolidFire. But this tide could carry some boats into turbulent waters. Shared solid state storage has been the preserve …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2011
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NetApp duplicates deduplication

Comment 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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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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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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Permabit looks to Linux dedupers

OEM deduplication software supplier Permabit has built an Albireo version for Linux vendors to use, as the mainstream storage OEM market for its technology is saturated. Albireo is a software deduplication technology that storage OEMs can use for primary as well as secondary deduplication since its use does not add delay to data …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2011
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Where are the next storage startup stars?

Comment Have we witnessed the end of an era? Has the great storage company growth boom ended with a series of big bang acquisitions: 3PAR, Archivas, Compellent, Data Domain, Diligent, EqualLogic, Isilon, LeftHand Networks, Ocarina, Storwize and more? Over the last five years a whole swathe of up-and-coming storage companies has been …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Sepaton changes CEO

Sepaton's CEO and president Mike Worhach has stepped upstairs to vice chairman of the board and the Exec VP for sales and marketing, Mike Thompson, is the new CEO and president. Thompson joined Sepaton in August last year in what then looked like a step down the career ladder, but now looks like part of a set of choreographed …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2011
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DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

Obituary Ken Olsen, the founder of minicomputer and client/server company Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) died on Sunday. He was 84 years-old. Olsen started out a maverick, pioneered and drove the minicomputer and supermini revolutions, and then became a dinosaur. But unlike many other senior DEC executives he remains a much-loved …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2011
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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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Guru: Oracle's storage strategy is 'screwy'

Interview Oracle's storage range is over-priced and incomplete, and its strategy is skewed by being too database appliance-centric, according to a prominent storage guru. Enrico Signoretti, the CEO of Italian storage consultancy Cinetica, has earned a wide following in the storage world through his blogging and tweets (@esignoretti). …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2011
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Quantum and NEC claim dedupe speed records

For sheer high-end deduplication grunt, no one comes close to NEC and its HYDRAstore, but Quantum is claiming the entry-level and mid-range dedupe speed laurels with its revamped DXi software. Version two of this software, with a revamped inline data flow, is available for the DXi 4500 entry-level and 6500 mid-range systems. …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2011
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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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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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Tech veep denies Xiotech ISE controller strategy change

Comment 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
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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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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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Which storage technologies and vendors will fly in 2011?

Questions At this turning point of the year, as Dell wraps up Compellent and InSite One, and Atrato slides under the waves, it's timely to look ahead at the storage world in 2011 and ask que sera? Data growth and storage demand is seemingly unstoppable, and new storage tech has advanced quite a bit in 2010. Things are looking good for the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2010
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Storage startup Atrato shuts doors

Storage startup Atrato has closed down because it ran out of cash. Atrato supplied Velocity storage systems based on SAID (Self-maintaining Array of Identical Disks) technology. These sealed canisters of 2.5-inch hard disk drives offered a 3-year maintenance free period – similar to Xiotech's ISE but sharing no technology roots …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2010
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The unceasing storage rush

A flood doesn't even begin to describe the unceasing rush of storage news. In recent days Dell has inked a closer deal with CommVault and bought Compellent; Bocada has introduced Prism Lite to provide backup reporting for SMBs; BlueArc is partnering with WAN accelerating Aspera to get files to and from BlueArc's hardware- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2010
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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 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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Magic quadrant is not exactly spell-binding

Gartner's latest mid-range and high-end modular disk array magic quadrant isn't very magical; there are no new players in the hot box and a minor exchange of places in the dog box, the bottom left-hand corner. The Magic Quadrant (MQ) is the world's most famous four-box diagram and places suppliers in one of four boxes plotted on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2010
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Killing the storage array controller

Comment 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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Location, location: Storage controller functions get moving

Opinion Server virtualisation luvvies are looking askance at expensive storage arrays and saying: "Pah! Run the storage controller functions as a system app in a virtual server and use JBODs. That's the way to use commodity hardware." This is the approach of stealthy startup ZeRTO and also Xiotech. Move the array controller functions up …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2010
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IBM's mid-range storage blast

IBM has announced a new mid-range array made from many existing components. It uses the Storwize brand, but there's no compression. The XIV-style GUI brings Mac desktop graphics to storage admin. The Storwize V7000 is a mid-range array that is said to complement the DS5000, but it uses modern software components allied to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2010