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Xsigo Recognised in $6.1 Billion Data Centre Ethernet Switch Market

Xsigo's unique Server Fabric technology supports latest data centre user requirements

(PresseBox) (London, UK, ) Xsigo Systems, Inc., the leader in virtualised data centre infrastructure, announced it has been recognised for data centre Ethernet switches, according to a new report issued by Gartner, Inc.

According to the report entitled, "Competitive Landscape: Data Centre Ethernet Switches, Worldwide, 2011 Update", "the data centre Ethernet switch market grew to $6.1 billion and 22.5 million ports in 2010, with growth of 119.4% and 88.5%, respectively, over 2009".

The Gartner report included a competitive landscape of vendors, placing Xsigo in the data centre Ethernet switch category as a "Data Centre Network Specialist," along with Juniper Networks, Brocade, and Extreme Networks.

The Gartner report explained that, "users now recognise the need for a significantly new type of Ethernet switch for their data centres. As more and more data centres are affected by trends like consolidation, virtualisation and automation, this has given rise to a set of new problems that network managers have to address." Xsigo agrees with Gartner's assessment that key data centre issues include:

- Growing East-West network traffic - with virtualisation, applications need to run anywhere, which creates complex server-to-server data paths where data must negotiate multiple layers of infrastructure to reach its destination. The resulting latencies and bottlenecks are known as the East-West problem;
- Exponential performance demands - virtualised servers demand an increasing amount of I/O bandwidth;
- VLAN exhaustion - when creating a large number of isolated interconnects within an agile data centre, VLANs are not always available in sufficient quantity and can become a maintenance challenge to administer.

To address such concerns, Xsigo recently announced the Xsigo Server Fabric, specifically designed to meet the needs of scalable, high-performance Ethernet switching by using its patented virtual I/O technology to support dynamic data centre needs. The Xsigo approach is very different from the traditional network switch, yet can be deployed in support of very traditional mainstream applications within large organisations.

"Xsigo is thrilled to be part of this growing market along-side other industry leaders like Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade," said Lloyd Carney, Xsigo CEO. "Our unique Server Fabric technology presents a fast and flexible alternative to conventional switching technologies, and also meets our customers' foremost requirement - to provide a seamless, non-disruptive path forward towards a more efficient, lower-cost data centre."

About Xsigo Server Fabric

Xsigo's Server Fabric is the industry's first fully virtualised infrastructure for cloud-optimised data centres. The Xsigo Server Fabric enables one-click network connections from virtual machines to any data centre resource - including servers, networks, storage, and other virtual machines - to accelerate the management of virtualised data centres. Xsigo's Server Fabric technology eliminates the last remaining hardware constraints on the agility and scalability of the cloud. As a result, new services can be brought to market 10 times faster, delivered at guaranteed levels of performance, and seamlessly scaled to a thousand physical hosts, all at a 50 percent lower cost of operation. Click here to watch a video on how the Xsigo Server Fabric works.

Xsigo Systems

Xsigo Systems, Inc. is the leader in virtualised data centre infrastructure, helping enterprise customers increase application performance, reduce costs and improve business agility. Based on patented and award-winning technology, Xsigo offers a complete family of infrastructure virtualisation products, including the Xsigo I/O Director and the Xsigo Server Fabric. 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, founded in 2004 and based in San Jose, Calif., is funded by Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit