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In April 2010 Xiotech launched our CorteX (RESTful) architecture and one of the first things we rolled out to show the power of RESTful was our iPhone/iPad monitoring app.  It was a great success and really spoke to the power of a simple, easy to write to, open architecture.  We then took it to the next level and created a website www.CorteXDeveloper.com and encouraged people to sign up and participate.  So what’s next? The thing we hear most in the storage industry is the need for robust reporting tools for the array’s these customers are running.  With that said, we created a product called ISE Analyzer based on our CorteX RESTful API.  This robust API gives us some really unique capabilities.  ISE Analyzer gives our customers: Dynamic User Interface based on Microsoft Silverlight Quick View Status & Drill Down of their ISE, Servers and Storage Volumes ISE Network... (more)

Cost Per TB

Greetings and welcome back to my blog!I think I'm starting to get the hang of this! Hopefully you will agree! In my blog post titled Performance Starved Applications we specifically zeroed in on those storage array vendors whose best practice is to keep their systems below a certain utilization rate for performance reasons. If you recall, I mentioned that in our Emprise product line, using ISE technology, we do not have these issues.  Not only can you use more than the industry standard 75%, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO RUN IT AT 95%% FULL!!!!  Heresy I know!!  We are such rebels over her... (more)

My VMworld 2010 Trip Report

My First VMworld Show!!  WOW. I’m just about recovered from VMworld last week. It was crazy and the Xiotech booth was just NUTS.   I think I’ve finally gotten my voice back!!  This was my first VMworld and I have to tell you, I really hope it’s not my last!!!  The amount of content, speakers, sessions, lab and just plain old “networking” amongst your peers was just unbelievable.  I finally was able to put a face to a ton of twitter names :)  which was really cool.  Shout out to the following:  @3parfarley @charleshood @cxi @hpstorageguy @jtroyer @keithnorbie @KendrickColeman @ro... (more)

Tommy's Very First Virtualization Blog Post

So, I decided it's time to get off of the sideline and jump into the blogosphere. I've been a very long time lurker of some really good blogs. I'm never at a loss for words in the "real world" so let's see how that translates into the "blog" world. So to be clear, my opinion is that of my own and should not be a reflection of who I work for! Now, that doesn't mean i won't be a "homer" either! ... (more)

How to Design a Scale Out NAS Architecture

Scale-out architecture and why it is important when architecting a storage solution. I had an interesting discussion with an architectural firm the other day.  Most of the discussion was around scaling for the future.  In our discussion we talked about the linear scalability of the ISE technology and he pointed out that while that made a ton of sense for his block-access requirements he was a little concerned around the unstructured data, as well as some plans utilizing NFS for some of his server and desktop virtualization needs.  The last thing he wanted to worry about was chan... (more)