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One of the guys whom I consider a mentor in this industry, Chuck Hollis at EMC, always approached product launch messaging with the thought: “the world has changed.” Of course, then it was up to the team to come up with how, why, etc. Great advice. It’s a natural way to introduce drama into what can often be a pretty boring “speeds and feeds” message. I was thinking about Chuck’s advice when I started digging into the Xiotech story. “The world’s changed…” As I dug into the product information, talked to our technologists and sellers, met with some customers and had some time to reflect, it hit me: the world HASN’T changed. Yet. Sure, there’s always plenty of new technology to talk about, and data growth continues to accelerate. But what technology advance has really changed the way we think about, use and benefit from storage? Too often, these ... (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)

2010 so far…

Well, the new year is off to quite a start here at Xiotech.   Year to date: 30,000 miles in the air, major new partnerships underway (watch this space for more details), national sales meeting in Vegas, partner summit in Vegas and Nerdfest in Colorado Springs.  Up next: the BD Event in Palo Alto.  Not a bad first 20 days of the year. For me, Vegas was the highlight so far.  It was just amazing to see around 400 people from the industry, our salesforce and our partners converge on Las Vegas.  As we unveiled our new logo and Web site, the excitement just built and built.  By the t... (more)

What Price Storage?

Chargeback models are becoming a common requirement for modern information technology (IT) operations.  As businesses have sought to not only control their costs for existing IT infrastructure but to understand them for future initiative planning, the model of IT operations providing hardware is giving way to that of them providing a service.  In this model, the tools of engagement are contracts rather than datasheets, service levels rather than hardware specifications. Many IT organizations within existing companies are doing very well to adapt to this change, and those that ar... (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)