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X-IO Intelligent Storage Delivers Record-Breaking Price/Performance, Scalability and Availability for Microsoft-Driven Applications and Environments

Hyper ISE Outperformed All Other Storage Systems Tested by Microsoft Partner Solutions Center Over the Last Three Years (March 26, 2012)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/12 -- Storage industry innovator X-IO today announced that its Intelligent Storage Elements (ISE) and architecture have proven in several recent benchmark tests to deliver record-breaking price/performance, unlimited scalability and failsafe availability for enterprise-level applications. In addition to powering unmatched results in tests involving Microsoft SQL Server, X-IO's ISE-2 and Hyper ISE storage systems offer proven solutions for Microsoft virtual desktop infrastructure, virtual server infrastructure and data systems.

"MPSC hardware-testing projects are designed to put maximum stress on systems so that customers can have the utmost confidence in deploying them in support of business-critical functions," said David Hayes, Senior Director of the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center. "In such a demanding context, XIO Hyper ISE performed beyond our wildest expectations. Hyper ISE performed better than any other storage system we've tested over the last three years. We were driving the servers to the max, but we were barely putting a dent in the Hyper ISE performance. It seems the more we throw at it, the faster it gets. X-IO has become one of my top-tier solutions."

Recent benchmark tests support this assertion. In a joint test with the Redknee telecom application and Microsoft SQL Server, X-IO's Intelligent Storage delivered 24x the price/performance of the company's previous storage solution. Another benchmark test involving Temenos Group AG's banking software running on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise found Hyper ISE enabling 300% more transactions per minute than is possible with a pure SAN solution.

X-IO's plug-and-perform ISE solutions deliver unmatched price/performance, scalability and availability through three key features:


  • Each ISE brick is a complete storage building block, featuring clustered on-board controllers that manage a performance pool comprised of both HDD and SSD capacity. Storage control is scaled with capacity to fuel price/performance. No matter how many ISE bricks are added to increase capacity, full storage performance is maintained.
  • Intelligent software optimizes application performance. X-IO's Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) software monitors application data in realtime -- seeking hotspots that preface performance problems. When a potential hotspot is identified, the associated data is automatically and transparently migrated to performance SSDs, without any application disruption.
  • ISE is reliable and cost-effective to operate. ISE blocks are continuously monitored for any impending hardware issues. Potential problem drives are rebuilt in situ (both HDD and SSD) ahead of any failure, without application degradation. Each ISE block consumes less footprint, power and cooling than traditional storage, even as ISE delivers industry-leading price/performance and capacity density for data-intensive applications.

"We have taken the price/performance lessons of 'always on' mainframes, and applied them to a new type of architecture that allows for unlimited scalability," said Steve Sicola, CTO of X-IO. "The resulting Intelligent Storage solutions provide affordable, reliable and scalable price/performance for enterprises of all sizes. When a customer tells you that your technology enables them to tackle a recurring ten-hour reporting task in less than ten minutes, you know you're onto something."

X-IO designed its Intelligent Storage Elements and Architecture from the ground up to Xcelerate enterprise applications. It was also designed to be cost effective for customers, driving unmatched storage price/performance regardless of their big data needs. Intelligent Storage also dramatically simplifies storage configurations, deployment and ongoing cost of operations.

About X-IO

X-IO is a recognized innovator in the storage industry due to its award-winning Intelligent Storage systems, which leverage over two decades of expertise to deliver unmatched price/performance for enterprise applications. The company's plug-and-perform Intelligent Storage solutions are customer proven to Xcelerate transactional, reporting and business intelligence applications by a factor of 3X or more. While dramatically reducing storage costs and footprint, X-IO Intelligent Storage drives Xtreme performance for virtual desktop and server infrastructures. X-IO solutions have been recognized as SQL Server Magazine and Windows IT Pro's 2011 Editors' Best Gold Medal winners, the 2011 Best of TechEd "Breakthrough Product" and "Attendees' Pick" Awards, and inclusion in CRN's 2012 Data Center 100 List.

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