Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo
After a long and unseasonably snowy winter in the Southeastern U.S., my
thoughts have now turned to Red Sox spring training, golfing with the kids
and desktop virtualization. Having spent most of my adult life in the
Northeast, snow is a part of life and barely considered beyond the sidewalk
shoveling and traffic delays. Case in point: in Boston, it seems that you
need two feet of snow before schools are canceled.
Not so in the Southeast. Twice in the past three years, schools have been
canceled on the threat of snow – with barely a flake materializing in
either case. When the weather does hit – as it has repeatedly this
winter – schools, businesses and even local government are disrupted.
Recently, the District of Columbia suffered almost a week of downtime due
to a late-season blizzard.
Most government agencies were runnin... (more)
The storage industry has a problem: it thinks it is King.
Its view is that storage should control all aspects of storing, maintaining
and accessing information, and that it should be able to do what it wants
with the data it holds. As long as it presents a static view up the stack to
hypervisors, operating systems, databases and the like, whatever it wants to
do under the hood is fair game. This view has been so ingrained that the vast
majority of systems up the stack bow to it, and suffer the consequences as
best they can.
Let’s focus on the most recent example of this behavior:... (more)
In the wake of Apple’s latest computing revolution, we announced today that
our patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) technology has unlocked
significant new capabilities in video and audio editing and production, in
support of high-compute environments within Macintosh computers from Apple
Users are now able to do the following from a single ISE unit:
Support the equivalent of operating every movie theater screen in the state
of Colorado at the same time from a single storage element. ISE can drive
750 simultaneous DVD-quality video-on-demand streams without... (more)
We announced yesterday that Washington University Libraries in St. Louis
purchased an EmpriseTM 7000 storage system powered by Intelligent Storage
Element (ISETM) technology. With a small staff and an expanding charter,
Washington University Libraries selected the Xiotech storage system based on
its ability to flexibly accommodate massive and growing data volumes and
provide the highest levels of data protection and system reliability in
preserving priceless historical records and academic research.
Click here for more information.
Recently, a blog post appeared on the www.techopsguys.com talking about our
technology and our position on SSDs. It’s a good post, and I’m very glad
to hear our field team was engaged with the author of the post, but it
contains some misperceptions that I’d like to clear up.
First, the blog makes several points about our view of SSD that are based on
some recent articles in the trade press. The articles were originally
triggered as a result of my speaking at Flash Memory Summit back in July, and
they drew the conclusion that Xiotech was integrating SSD into the Emprise
line for ... (more)