The folks over at Xsigo launched two new products today. A new I/O Director that offers sharply increased performance and Xsigo XMS 3.0 a virtual storage management tool. As in the past, these products appear to offer a number of attractive features to those needing accelerated virtual I/O to improve overall workload performance.
With the new Xsigo I/O Director, Xsigo now offers a range of server I/O speeds -- from 10Gbps to 40Gbps -- to meet a full range of operational requirements. Compared to Xsigo's current I/O Directors, the new product delivers 2X the bandwidth capacity to ensure a predictable user experience, even during periods of high demand. The increased throughput helps customers to run more virtual machines per server, run I/O intensive applications such as database and Microsoft Exchange, and gain predictable performance by eliminating I/O bottlenecks.
The second product, the Xsigo XMS 3.0, offers a number of unique features specifically designed for the demands of large-scale server management:
- User-defined I/O templates: the unique ability to roll out or modify connectivity on thousands of servers in seconds;
- Unified connectivity management: the ability to deploy, view and manage connectivity on thousands of servers from a single pane of glass;
- Performance monitoring: lets users monitor and manage I/O performance across all servers to quickly identify and remedy I/O bottlenecks, as well as identify underutilized I/O resources to help increase efficiency;
- Simplified disaster recovery: wide-area I/O management lets users manage and migrate I/O across sites to simplify disaster recovery, move entire I/O identities from one site to another, and recreate an entire configuration at a remote site so applications can be back up and running in minutes.
- iPad accessible: the new management interface can be accessed through an iPad. With the touch of a finger, users can create and manage data center server I/O using drag-and-drop features. To view a demo, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DxTcxmkj0k.
Supplier such as Xsigo would point out that performance issues can be attributed to a number of causes and that depends upon the application design. Distributed applications often find network throughput or latency to be the problem. Database-based applications are held back by storage subsystem performance and in-memory caches that are too small. Only poor performance in processing-intensive applications can be directly attributed to insufficient processing power.
By addressing the real problem, a significant, but less costly, performance boost can be implemented. Xsigo would point out that by changing one or a small number of components rather than a wholesale replacement of the entire system can offer accelerated application performance.
If storage subsystem performance is the bottleneck, Xsigo's technology might be of help.