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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)

Storage is King?

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)

Xiotech Fuels the “Apple Effect” in New Consumer Media Development

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 Computer, Inc. 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)

Washington University Libraries Keep History Alive with ISE Technology from Xiotech

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. ... (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)