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August 24, 2009

VirtenSys releases I/O virtualisation switches

To consolidate, virtualise and share server networking and storage connectivity

By CBR Staff Writer

VirtenSys, a provider of I/O products for data centres, has released its I/O virtualisation switches, the VIO 4000 Series based on its Virtual Connectivity Cloud platform.

According to VirtenSys, the new VIO switches consolidate, virtualise and share server networking and storage connectivity, including Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), SAS/SATA and Fibre Channel, without allowing any changes be made to the servers, networks, or I/O adapters.

VirtenSys claims that the new VIO switches reduce rack and blade server management complexity and costs by more than 60%, improve I/O utilisation to greater than 80%, deliver full connectivity bandwidth to servers and reduce I/O power consumption by more than 60%. This results in providing servers with the enhanced price/performance for accessing not only the local area networks (LAN), but also the storage infrastructures, including direct-attached storage (DAS) and storage area networks (SAN).

VirtenSys said that the VIO switches connect to multiple physical servers and support Intel 10 GE NICs, Neterion 10GE NICs, QLogic Fibre Channel HBAs and LSI SAS/SATA MegaRAID controllers.

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The company said that the VIO switches extend the data centre life cycle by eliminating multiple layers of aggregation switches, I/O adapters, disk drives, and cables. It enables new usage models by integrating with traditional or virtualised data centres and enhance data centre reliability by supporting multiple failover schemes, including active-active, active-passive and N+1 redundancy.

Ahmet Houssein, president and CEO at VirtenSys, said: There is strong customer demand for I/O virtualisation to solve I/O bottleneck issues. Our products are introduced at the perfect time – the beginning of a new cycle of IT infrastructure optimisation – and will become a catalyst to the next-generation green IT data centres.”

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