Provisioning a new physical server, from unboxing to operation, takes about an hour, Branham said. And even as Bluelock's servers get bigger, typically with 48 cores and 512G bytes of memory, running as many as 100 VMs, changing configurations in the data center is quick, he said. If a server needs to be shut down for maintenance, all the VMs can be moved to other physical servers in about seven minutes.
Xsigo has a unique take on a problem that Cisco, Juniper and other big vendors are trying to solve: making networking more intelligent about virtualized computing, Yankee Group's Kerravala said. Ultimately, a conventional network might be able to scale to a larger size than Xsigo can, but Xsigo's approach should be easier for organizations to manage, he said.
"It lets the virtualization manager continue to manage the computing infrastructure and lets the network manager manage the network infrastructure," Kerravala said.
Because the problem of networks and virtualization is a recent one, there's room for Xsigo's approach in the industry, and it might someday be adopted by a major server vendor such as Dell or Hewlett-Packard, he said.
"The market's wide open," Kerravala said.
The Xsigo Server Fabric is made up of Xsigo's I/O Director, XMS Management Software and Fabric Extenders, along with a software upgrade called the SFS 1.0 Server Fabric Suite. The SFS 1.0 suite will be available starting in November, priced starting at US$35,000 for a single I/O Director license.