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Xsigo Systems Upgrades Open Fabric Architecture

Xsigo Systems today unveiled improvements to its Open Fabric Architecture with the latest release of its Data Center Fabric product, which includes better software-defined networking management and support for five major hypervisors with 56 Gbps server-to-server connections.

San Jose, Calif.-based Xsigo's hardware and software products are currently used in 300 fabric deployments. Recent Xsigo fabric deployments include a 55,000-seat virtual desktop infrastructure fabric at Royal Bank of Scotland by Fujitsu and a large enterprise public cloud deployment by Canadian telecommunications giant Telus.

The Xsigo fabric connects servers and virtual machines to anything in the data center: networks, storage, servers or virtual machines, regardless of the OS or hypervisor, connectivity type or vendor. Multiple connections are virtualized over a single server cable, and are created and managed entirely in software.

Jon Toor, Xsigo's VP of marketing, says the company's data fabric connects all elements of the data center in a manner that gets rid of the "cable spaghetti." "Essentially, it's a software-defined network and a wire-once infrastructure," he says.

New features of the Xsigo Data Center Fabric product line include:

  • Support for all five major hypervisors: Citrix Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle VM, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and VMware vSphere
  • Support for new generations of servers optimized for virtualized data centers: HP Gen8, Dell 12th Generation and IBM M4-series servers
  • Improved connectivity, with up to 56 Gbps server-to-server communications using InfiniBand and a new 4 x 10Gb Ethernet module
  • A new software performance manager to optimize data center efficiency

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