X-IO’s public sector customers — more than 400, worldwide — are focused on missions as divergent as public safety and security, national defense, human services, legislative support, basic scientific research and public outreach. Nearly every area of their work — whether local, regional, national or international — depends on information, and its reliable capture, processing, analysis and distribution.
Our public sector customers deploy X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Elements, in focused configurations and in large pools of shared storage — for all of their mission-critical workloads: desktop virtualization, virtualized server infrastructure, distributed and centralized transactional applications, reporting and analysis environments and large-scale scientific data collection and analysis. Forced, by a secular decline in budgets, to focus on price/performance as the primary criterion for selecting mission-critical storage, our government customers are, almost without exception, moving from aging and expensive proprietary enterprise storage arrays to modern software-defined storage architectures that emphasize:
- tight integration with core software components, particularly hypervisors and merchant DBMSs, utilizing the in-built storage management features of those common components.
- pay-as-you-go performance and capacity scaling, so that both performance and capacity can be bought in appropriate increments, tuned for particular applications, just in time, rather than in massively over-provisioned and under-performing quantities, before they’re required.
- high reliability, so that smaller IT organizations can spend less time managing storage and more time managing taxpayer-, ratepayer- and employee-facing applications that deliver material value to constituencies.
- predictable, guaranteed performance that ensures that mission-critical applications work as expected, when expected, at expected performance, regardless of fluctuations in workload, or the unpredictable geopolitical crises that government agencies continually face.
- long duty cycles that extend investment in information storage to five, six or seven years, allowing agencies and bureaus to skip one or sometimes two storage refresh cycles and deploy scarce capital to other pressing needs.
- optimal total cost of ownership, with energy and space consumption and administrative overhead over long duty cycles usually rated as more important than first-order acquisition costs.
X-IO ISEs help keep citizens safe and informed; ISEs support complex border defense initiatives and national police forces; they power systems that collect taxes and rates, deliver critical human services, and support military and humanitarian force deployments. And they provide the high-performance, high-reliability software-defined storage pools for some of the world’s most complex shared cloud services environments, the newest answer to shared service efficiencies in government. And ISEs do this — at small scale, and at massive scale — at a lower cost and with better price/performance and total cost of ownership than any alternative available to governmental agencies in the information storage market today.