Posts Tagged XIOtech
Last week, Storage Networking World (SNW), the “World’s Largest Storage, Data Center and IT Infrastructure Conference” brought together a couple thousand people to hear the latest in storage optimization and innovation. With the big trends of virtualization, convergence and cloud computing, it is without a doubt that the role of the storage administrator is evolving. While streamlining roles can help improve operational expenses, when it comes to storage, data availability and data integrity must be maintained. There are a number of solutions that are looking to transform and potentially chip away at the traditional storage administrator’s role.
In 2010, key trends in infrastructure technology innovation included big data, cloud services, simplicity, virtualization, NAND flash, and data efficiency. We discuss these trends and core technology innovations in our Wikibon article, Best Enterprise Infrastructure Technology Innovations of 2010 and chose our Wikibon 2010 CTO award winners here.
In a recent Wikibon Peer Incite on VDI, Rob Peglar, Senior Fellow at Xiotech Corporation joined the call and outlined why storage is such a difficult challenge for successful VDI deployments. Here is video of that segment of the call:
A summary of his experience follows:
Despite its 3,000+ customers, Xiotech seems like the oldest startup in the storage business. Several years ago, the company had success selling a product called Magnitude, an easy to use disk array the company sold into small and mid-sized enterprises including city/state/county governments and schools, where IT DNA was relatively limited.
With their recent announcement of PowerNAP™, Xiotech joined the ranks of storage vendors offering energy efficient storage. Although currently restricted to the Emprise 5000 I suspect that it will permeate upwards in the not to distant future.
PowerNAP™ is an uncomplicated approach to energy efficiency. Storage arrays are powered down based on a predetermined schedule. Think of storage in a remote office with well defined hours of business, a back-up or DR target or an inactive archive data repository. These use cases all have predictable time when the hosted data is unlikely to be requested and instead of simply allowing the inactive disks to continuously and unproductively spin, the subsystem is powered down.
Spring 2009 Storage Networking World is now history. As expected the crowds were down a bit with the vendor participation down significantly but according to the SNW folks, end user attendees were at 92% when compared to last year, not too bad considering current economic realities.
Eyes are now on SNW Fall to see how well the event can rebound, or not.
To use a term from Robin Harris and Chuck Hollis, I’ve been ‘squinting’ through the EMC Source One announcement. Michael Brown’s Chalk Talk on the architecture is worth a look to see what’s new here.
It looks to me like this announcement includes lots of catch up and plenty of vision with the implied promise that SourceOne will deliver. EMC’s done some good work at integrating multiple piece parts, but this still appears to be a shove everything in a central archive approach. And as my colleagues and I have been saying on Wikibon, this won’t solve the problem of managing information risk, which is the main driver of email archiving. Let’s face it, legal is steering this bus right now, not IT and while maybe you can take a centralized approach to solve email archiving problems, files and content distributed throughout the organization present more pressing challenges.