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Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer Last week, several members of the Xiotech executive team discussed the company’s strategy and unveiled a new identity at TheBDEvent in Palo Alto.  Of course, was anyone in the Valley paying attention to anything other than Steve Jobs in the Moscone Center?  In case you were thawed from a cryogenic chamber this week, the iPad is now the coolest must-have gadget in the world and is on my toy wishlist. Back to work. Greg and VaNessa Duplessie put on a great show, with A-list content and a storage who’s-who present over the two days.  Of course, cocktail hours and hotel “lobby time” proved equally valuable.  The days were long but stimulating.  I particularly enjoyed meeting some of the industry Twitterati, including @sfoskett, @sunshinemug and @dvellante.  Always good to put a face to a @name, beyond the 70×70 pixel icon. The Xiotec... (more)

Clarifying Our Position on SSD & Other Items

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)

Snowmageddon…and Desktop Virtualization

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 mat... (more)

Xiotech and Datastor Team Up

Today we announced a partnership with Datastor (NZ) Ltd., a subsidiary of Westcon Group, Inc. and a leading virtualization, storage, security, data protection and convergence distributor. Under the terms of the agreement, Datastor will be the exclusive Xiotech distributor in New Zealand. To read more, please visit: http://xiotech.com/press-release.php?id=179. ... (more)

Jack of all Trades, Master of None?

It’s been quite the ride at Xiotech over the last few weeks.  Today, I have a chance to breathe, think, and blog…in that order The subject today is very familiar – storage controllers.  The evolution of these controllers has been very interesting, starting back in days of the channel-attached ‘head-of-string’ controllers which included cache for the first time, to better service the mainframe count-key-data storage method.  We had to have caching controllers for decent performance – store count & keys in cache, data down the channel.  It made perfect sense. Today, we have taken t... (more)