Press Release: RTW Hosting Signs Deal for Over $1M of X‐IO Intelligent Storage

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X-IO’s ISE Solutions Deliver 25 Times the IOPS and 15-20 Times the VM Deployment Speed of Previous Storage Configuration

Colorado Springs, CO and London, UK, September 19, 2012 – Storage industry innovator X-IO today announced that specialist SaaS provider RTW Hosting, has chosen X-IO Intelligent Storage as the backbone of its IT infrastructure. The deal, which sees RTW Hosting acquire over $1m worth of X-IO Hyper ISE and ISE-2 product, was signed following a competitive evaluation that saw X-IO win through unmatched performance, unmatched value, resilience, unlimited scalability and an industry-leading five-year warranty.

“We’re seeing 25 times the IOPS we got with our previous SAN, with extremely low latency, VM deployment is around 15-20 times quicker, and our storage is perfectly placed to easily handle IOPS storms and ensure the end user doesn’t see any performance degradation,” said Mike Wills, CEO and founder, RTW Hosting. “Before X-IO, our VMWare template took between four and six hours to provision; now it takes five minutes. Our customers are already commenting that they’ve noticed a performance difference, which is critical because we differentiate ourselves through the provision of premium performance, 24×7. X-IO units have delivered phenomenal performance at an extremely competitive price.”

RTW Hosting, a widely respected provider of VoIP and remote desktop solutions, began testing X-IO in February 2012 after rapid growth in demand for its private cloud services led to performance degradation in its existing storage estate.

X-IO’s ISE solutions delivered 180,000 IOPS — a 2,471% performance increase over the previous configuration’s 7,000 IOPS — while using five times less space and power.

“The majority of RTW Hosting’s competitors make the mistake of prioritizing price over performance, and that is simply not what the market wants,” said Roger Walton, vice president, X-IO EMEA. “To ensure that its clients’ businesses and data are in safe hands, companies like RTW Hosting must deliver all the security, resilience, disaster recovery and business continuity that the term ‘Premium Performance’ encapsulates. After only three months, X-IO storage is already playing an important part in helping RTW Hosting deliver on its promises.”

Wills continued, “This investment in X-IO completes the final piece of the jigsaw in our recent spell of investment, enabling us to guarantee a truly sensational experience for those firms that run a little bit more than the basic Office suite. Thanks to this investment RTW Hosting will shortly be able to offer an enhanced live hosting/ Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environment to its customers. Even in the event of a complete data centre failure, this bespoke hosted solution will provide full business continuity through the use of X-IO’s unique “active-active” replication solution.”

X-IO designed its Intelligent Storage Elements and architecture from the ground up to accelerate enterprise applications and drive unmatched performance & value, even for big data needs. Each X-IO ISE unit is a completely self-contained storage building block. The Hyper ISE version features clustered on-board controllers that manage a performance pool comprised of both HDDs and SSDs. Exceptionally high throughput performance is achieved by X-IO’s Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) software, which monitors I/O in real-time, ensuring that high demand data hotspots reside on the faster SSD. ISE’s are uniquely designed to scale so that no matter how many ISE units are added to increase capacity, full storage performance is maintained. X-IO’s ISE units contribute significantly to its customers’ environmental credentials thanks to their low energy consumption and low HVAC loads.

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About X-IO

X-IO is a recognised 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 accelerate 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 extreme 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.

About RTW Hosting
RTW Hosting, a trading name of Backbone (UK) Ltd (Est. 1998) provides market leading cloud computing and VoIP services and differentiates itself with its seamless systems integration, unsurpassable performance, rigid encryption and security, and unprecedented quality as its core values. The company delivers customers a diversity of ICT solutions enabling an enterprise class ‘one stop shop’ and ‘office in a box’ hosted experience to replace any on-premise environment. Building on a B2B partnership-centric model, RTW Hosting works with ISVs and IT partners to develop and distribute hosted IT & telephony applications to any business in all vertical market segments. RTW Hosting’s unique approach to integrating and hosting 3rd party business applications is possible through strong strategic alliances with leading technology partners, and a hosting platform driven by functionality which enables any business to seamlessly migrate all their ICT systems to the cloud. For more information on RTW please visit

Media Contact:
Mark Prindle
Fusion PR for X-IO

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