One of the key takeaways with this announcement is that Xsigo is now able to provide its virtual I/O technology without requiring specialized hardware in the server. Instead, companies can utilize the standard 1Gb or 10Gb Ethernet port that's already installed in the server. That means no additional cost for an add-on card such as an FCoE adapter or PCIe link extender and no server disruption or downtime required for new device installation -- it's already in there.
The new Xsigo I/O Director allows customers to dynamically connect servers to as many as 64 isolated Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks with a single Ethernet cable to consolidate server connectivity. The company claims this is the missing ingredient to making private cloud architectures a reality.
Xsigo delivers a complete end-to-end converged connectivity solution for less than $500 per server, or about one-third the cost of a converged network adapter (CNA) card alone, according to Jon Toor, Xsigo vice president of marketing. Toor also said the new solution works hand-in-hand with the company's InfiniBand version, allowing companies to deploy one or the other or a combination of the two solutions, whatever works best within a company's environment. They can do that, he said, because the InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions employ the same I/O Director hardware and software platform, so the management can be done under one roof.
Also of note, Xsigo I/O Director -- like many new management applications -- can be managed from an iPhone or iPad device to provide a bit of mobility and on-the-go management capabilities.
Xsigo is making two versions of its Ethernet options available: VP560e I/O Director, priced at $35,000 (32 10G Ethernet ports, up to four I/O modules) and VP780e I/O Director, priced at $45,000 (32 10G Ethernet ports, up to 15 I/O modules). The products will ship in September.
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