Perfectly balanced storage from X-IO, coupled with Cisco UCS servers creates solution stack that ensures consistent high performance for virtual desktop and hosted application workloads

Colorado Springs, CO, September 23rd 2014 – Storage industry innovator X-IO Technologies today announced the launch of X-Pod for VDI, a new converged, flash enabled infrastructure solution developed with Cisco UCS and VMware Horizon View. The new validated architecture aims to take the guesswork out of correctly sizing VDI solutions, while delivering predictable and consistent performance – from the first desktop, to the last.

X-Pod for VDI has been specifically designed to help customers ensure their virtual desktop environments are operating at optimum and consistent performance and reliability levels, overcoming some of the more pressing issues affecting the implementation of successful VDI projects. It is the result of extensive benchmarking of the X-Pod core components including Cisco UCS server and networking hardware together with X-IO’s flash-enabled Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) systems. Recent real-world testing of X-Pod for VDI found the solution delivered an ultra-high performance desktop experience to 1,500 users at up to 97% concurrency. *1

The launch of X-Pod for VDI comes hot on the heels of the introduction of X-IO’s VDI Emergency Response program that aims to diagnose, treat and heal VDI deployments globally. With many VDI deployments failing due to a lack of storage capacity provisioning and poor performance, X-IO and its channel partners are already seeing many examples where its Intelligent Storage Element solution has helped eliminate those threats and get VDI implementations back to full health.

Gavin McLaughlin, VP of Worldwide Marketing, X-IO said: “When discussing VDI architectures with our customers, we found the same concerns time and time again. The market is a confusing jumble of over-hyped statistics that do not necessarily provide the real world, true use case figures needed by end users. With this in mind, we have worked with real-world benchmark tools such as Login VSI to ensure that any benchmarks carried out are true reflections of user actions rather than synthetic workloads.”

X-Pod for VDI utilizes X-IO’s unique, patented Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) software that automatically places hot spot data onto faster solid state drives in near real-time in order to deliver high performance at full capacity utilization.

David Grant, Senior Vice President EMEA, Westcon Group: “As one of Cisco’s largest distributors, X-Pod for VDI is a compelling proposition for our partners and their customers and it fits perfectly with our portfolio of solutions. More and more organizations are looking at deploying VDI, but are faced with the challenge of managing all the different components to underpin the infrastructure. This new validated solution stack eliminates all of those headaches, and gives our customers a platform to ensure a successful VDI deployment.”

Gavin McLaughlin, concluded: “When it comes to deploying virtualized desktop deployments, it’s clear that there is a dangerous combination of misleading marketing statistics and implementation pitfalls out there. The purpose of the X-Pod for VDI solutions is to provide enough insight and proof points into the performance and sizing of a virtual desktop infrastructure with Cisco UCS Servers working in conjunction with the X-IO ISE 700.”

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About X-IO

X-IO Technologies, with its Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) architecture, has solved some of the fundamental challenges of enterprise storage for virtualized environments. ISE addresses the demand of customers for consistent performance, simplified, hypervisor integrated management and true zero-touch reliability in VDI, OLTP and BI-DW environments.

Based in Colorado, the organization has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa and has a proven installation of more than 7,000 units across 1,200+ customers worldwide.


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