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Xsigo Gets Real, Gets Virtual

Xsigo Systems Inc. officials won't say how much they've raised to chase the new hot trend of virtualization. But it's safe to say they've got some cash.

In addition to launching its first product today, and introducing a hardware-based way to virtualize server I/O for both networking and storage, Xsigo (pronounced tsee-go) is holding a press and analyst breakfast on Sept. 12, apparently to coincide with the VMworld conference. The venue: the not-so-cheap W Hotel in downtown San Francisco.

A big splash of an entrance seems appropriate, because the three-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif., startup boasts a corporate team to die for.

Light Reading first sussed out Xsigo in 2005 after learning Ashok Krishnamurthi, the founding CEO and chairman, had left his post as Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) VP of infrastructure products to become Xsigo's founding chairman and CEO.

It was a big deal given Krishnamurthi's status as a very early Juniper employee. Joining him at 100-employee Xsigo is his brother, S.K. Vinod, as vice president of business development. Contrary to early reports, a third brother, R.K. Anand, isn't with the company. (See Juniper Vets Aim for Data Center and Juniper 'Founder' Flees.)

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