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Unmatched Performance - Unmatched Value


Demonstrated Leadership in Scalable Performance

After introducing the Hyper ISE at last year’s Microsoft TechEd, X-IO has been having an extraordinary year in demonstrating superior price/performance with the ISE-2 and Hyper ISE platforms. This year's examples include the Temenos T24 and Redknee TCB benchmarks on SQL Server 2012, when a move from traditional storage to Hyper ISE resulted in a massive storage footprint reduction and record-breaking performance and scalability results.


The Challenge

With the availability of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, X-IO saw TechEd North America as an opportunity to push the limits with Microsoft’s latest operating system and the latest in industry standard servers. It is generally accepted that 4+ gigabytes per second (GBps) is achievable, so the bar was set at 6 GBps, but, X-IO wanted to go beyond the normal stretch. The goal was a formidable 12 gigabytes per second (GBps) in a real-world scenario. With the linear scalability of ISE, X-IO would showcase new levels of server and storage performance in a minimal footprint.  After some initial calculations and exploratory testing with off-the-shelf equipment, servers and infrastructure, plus X-IO Intelligent Storage Elements (ISE), the 12 GBps mark was reached.  When it came time to see how far we could go, X-IO pulled one industry standard datacenter rack and 10 ISE units (approx. 100TB in 30u), and initiated the tests.  To our amazement the results were better than expected with a sustained 15+ GBps of throughput at a rate of 120,000 IOPS. 


Lab tests are nice but what impact does it have for real life enterprise applications?  Let's take a look at REALexamples of customers capitalizing on this unmatched performance and unmatched value.


  • Improve virtual desktop login performance at peak times of the day.  Calallen Independant School District (ISD) wanted to allow the students to get experience with the computer system before testing started but 40 minute logins prevented that from happening.  X-IO Intelligent Storage turned those login storms into ONE minute.
  • Scale performance and capacity, seamlessly, with each ISE unit that is installed.  A major US tax service provider couldn’t believe what they were seeing after the first 15,000 records processed in 10 minutes (instead of hours).  "What used to take us up to 15 hours to process with significant human intervention, this year took just over four".
  • Reduce footprint/Reduce capital investment with highly efficient ISE units.  Redknee looked at testing a new software release in Microsoft's benchmark labs, so they started with last year's storage requirements in mind.  X-IO was able to reduce that configuration from five full racks of storage at over $2M to 12u at $700K, while increasing the performance eight-fold.


“We were driving the servers to the max but we were barely putting a dent in the Hyper ISE.  It seems the more we threw at it, the faster it got.  X-IO has become one of my top tier solutions.”

David Hayes - Senior Director, Microsoft Partner Solutions Center



Just Plug 'n Perform! 


Each Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) is a complete storage building block. Each ISE brick features clustered on-board controllers that manage a performance pool comprised of HDD and SSD capacity.  Storage control is scaled with capacity to fuel price/performance. Add an ISE brick to get more capacity and performance -- Then another to double your capacity and maintain full storage performance..and so on. It is that simple.  

Intelligent software optimizes application performance. 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 transparently migrated to performance SSDs without any application disruption. There is no need for complex storage-to-application tuning. CADP does it for you, automatically, across all your application loads.


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 your data intensive applications. 




Processing more data, faster and at a lower cost than any other solution.

Xcelerating applications by factors of 10 or more.

Driving Xtreme productivity in virtualized environments 

Spending less on storage, as you fuel never before experienced application performance.



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About X-IO

X-IO is a recognized innovator in the storage industry. Its award-winning Intelligent Storage systems leverage over two decades of expertise to deliver unmatched price/performance for enterprise applications. The company1s plug-and-perform Intelligent Storage solutions are customer proven to Xcelerate transactional, reporting and business intelligence applications by a factor of 3X or more. X-IO Intelligent Storage drives Xtreme performance for virtual desktop and server infrastructures, while dramatically reducing storage costs and footprint. X-IO solutions have been recognized as SQL Server Pro and Windows IT Pro1s 2011 Editors1 Best Gold Medal winners, the 2011 Best of TechEd 3Breakthrough Product2 and 3Attendees1 Pick2 Awards, and inclusion in CRN1s 2012 Data Center 100 List. They are used by over 1,000 enterprise customers.