Xsigo Systems press releases are always exciting, and today’s announcement does not disappoint. Today Xsigo launches Xsigo Server Fabric which promises to do for the infrastructure what VMware did for the servers. Xsigo Server Fabric offers a once click solution to connect VMs to networks and storage. It will also allow management of end-to-end connections without having the headache of configuring multiple switchports and VLANs. From an administrators standpoint this is an incredible announcement.

Network Connections Minus The Headache
What Xsigo has already done with their I/O Virtualization line of hardware is allow any server to connect to any network and any storage. It allows for flexible provisioning of I/O in software which alleviates much of the pain involved with having to configure such a complex datacenter infrastructure. Xsigo has gone a big step further by launching Xsigo Server Fabric which offers expanded capability in the datacenter. While Xsigo Virtual I/O is a rack-based solution connecting servers to networks and storage; Xsigo Server Fabric is a datacenter wide solution allowing connections from anything and to anything. Xsigo Server Fabric enables the next generation, fully virtualized datacenter.

Private Virtual Interconnect
The other nice feature of Xsigo Server Fabric is the Private Virtual Interconnect. This allows a connection directly to a VM from any other VM regardless of VLAN or switch configuration. It creates transparent routing and also makes the connection completely isolated from the rest of the network connections. With the Private Virtual Interconnect you will completely bypass the need to configure a VLAN, and there are no hardware limitations involved. Talk about alleviating pain, this is a huge plus for Xsigo!

Virtual I/O+Server Fabric+XMS=The Total Package
I’ve done a couple of posts already on Xsigo Virtual I/O, I’ve also spotlighted Xsigo’s Management Software (XMS), and now with the release of Xsigo Server Fabric, we’re looking at the total package for datacenter ease of management. Here are some of the numbers involved with Xsigo Server Fabric:

    * Up to 40 Gb bandwidth per server connection

    * Up to 1000 physical hosts

    * Up to 64,000 private virtual interconnects

    * Fully redundant and auto-routing

To add to the list, Xsigo Server Fabric enables cloud services. It allows for a flexible SLA model with configurable bandwidth. It boasts the industry’s fastest throughput with up to 40 Gb available and offers high value services with virtual private datacenters. Here’s a look inside the Xsigo Server Fabric:

Still Not Convinced?
Here’s a nice video from Xsigo in which they sat down with Tim Myers, Sr. Architect at VMware, to discuss why VMware uses Xsigo virtual I/O. Topics covered include: How and why VMware uses Xsigo virtual I/O, why virtual I/O is needed for the cloud, how virtual I/O supports VDI and why VMware trusts Xsigo virtual I/O. If you ever had any doubts about investing in Xsigo Virtual I/O, this video should sell you on it. It’s a little lengthy, skip to the 2:27 mark to really get into why VMware trusts Xsigo Virtual I/O.

Xsigo also has many industry firsts under their virtual belt if you will. They are the first to eliminate the need to configure switch ports, first to eliminate the need for complex VLAN configuration, first to create fully independent Ethernet networks within a single physical fabric and the first to configure connectivity from a specific virtual machine to any destination with a single operation. Needless to say, the Xsigo Server Fabric announcement is huge, especially for the systems administrators in us all. As a parting shot, here’s another great video from Xsigo focused on Xsigo Server Fabric, enjoy!

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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