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Bluelock Optimizes VMware Cloud Services Capabilities with Xsigo

Xsigo Virtual I/O Helps Cloud Provider Boost Hardware Utilization by 8X

Xsigo Systems, Inc., a provider of I/O virtualization, on Wednesday announced that Bluelock, an experienced provider of Virtual Datacenters hosted in the public cloud, has deployed Xsigo virtual I/O in their VMware vCloud® services data center. As a result, Bluelock has boosted scalability with 8X greater virtual machine capacity, and reduced infrastructure hardware requirements by 80%, resulting in enhanced service levels, faster response time, and greater overall economies.

"Bluelock's clients require quickly scalable services to meet their most demanding application needs. Because of this, we wanted a flexible, converged infrastructure that would both increase efficiency and help us to deliver the industry's most responsive service," said Aaron Branham, director of information technology at Bluelock. "With Xsigo virtual I/O now in place, the results speak for themselves: our clients have been very impressed with the performance of their Virtual Datacenters and we've been able to further build our business by quickly accommodating even the most demanding workloads."

Bluelock, one of only three global VMware vCloud Datacenter service providers running certified services today, found that its rapidly growing business demanded ever-greater data center capacity. After implementing Xsigo virtual I/O to consolidate their infrastructure, Bluelock was able to dynamically manage capacity to accommodate workloads for even their largest clients like LAMCO (formerly Lehman Brothers) and Consona Corporation.

Branham continued, "With our previous infrastructure, we needed 50 networking devices for every 500 virtual machines. With Xsigo, we can accommodate 8x the workload with just 10 network devices. Furthermore, we get 40X more bandwidth to each server and can now make configuration changes in seconds rather than hours or days."

Other benefits Bluelock realized with Xsigo virtual I/O include:

  • 40 times more usable bandwidth per server
  • 97.5 percent reduction in network devices
  • Eight times greater virtual machine capacity
  • 17 times more VMs per hardware device
  • 66 percent less cabling
  • Real time performance monitoring of virtual NICs and virtual HBAs
  • Improved power consumption and uptime

"We are thrilled that Bluelock has selected Xsigo as the backbone of their highly-successful VMware-certified Virtual Datacenter service offering," said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Xsigo Systems. "Xsigo virtual I/O provides the ideal platform for on-demand services, delivering the performance and flexibility needed for Bluelock and their clients to fully capitalize on the business benefits of the cloud."

Cloud services have carved out an important niche in business today, thanks to the many benefits they provide to enterprises. According to Yankee Group, enterprise cloud services last year generated worldwide revenue of $9.2 billion, an amount that Yankee forecasts to reach $22.3 billion in 2014 (25 percent CAGR).

About Xsigo Virtual I/O
Virtual I/O technologies consolidate server connectivity and allow a single server connection to act as many, in the same way a virtualized server enables one physical server to appear as multiple devices. With the Xsigo I/O Director, customers can now immediately consolidate their infrastructure, reduce cabling requirements by 70 percent, cut power consumption by 30 percent, and complete routine management tasks in seconds rather than hours or days. Xsigo's unique virtual I/O technology offers unprecedented levels of performance, scalability, and ease of use, allowing data center managers to connect any server to any network and any storage resource in minutes rather than days or weeks.

About Xsigo Systems
Founded in 2004, Xsigo Systems, Inc. is the leader in data center I/O virtualization, helping organizations reduce costs and improve business agility. Based on patented and award-winning technology, Xsigo offers a complete I/O virtualization product family which includes the VP560 and VP780 I/O Directors. Xsigo has hundreds of customers, partners and resellers around the globe and services multiple industries including financial, education, government, entertainment, technology and telecommunications. The privately held company is based in San Jose, Calif., and funded by Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit www.xsigo.com.

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