Today I had the pleasure of being invited to the Xsigo product launch at 11:30 this morning. The room was packed with some of the top IT companies (ie. Dell, HP,, along with some of the industry’s top bloggers, Stephen Foskett, Jason Boche, Scott Lowe, Craig Stewart (my UK counterpart) and Luigi Danakos. As for the product it is awesome. The presentation was one of the better presentations I’ve seen in a long time.

Here’s a quote from the actual press kit:

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2010- VMworld 2010, Moscone Center- Xsigo Systems, Inc., the leader in I/O virtualization, today announced a significant advancement in virtual I/O technology, simplifying and accelerating data center convergence-a key enabler of virtual private cloud computing. The company today released an Ethernet-based version of its award-winning Xsigo I/O Director, the industry’s first virtual I/O technology to leverage the standard Ethernet ports found on every x86 server.

Xsigo VP560 Virtual I/O Director
Xsigo VP780 Virtual I/O Director

The new hardware is simply put, beautiful. It is the industry’s first virtual I/O to use standard Ethernet server port. The name given to this beautiful new piece of hardware is the VP780e and VP560e I/O Directors. This new release from Xsigo is so exciting because it is the first of its kind to not require a special (expensive) card to be placed in the server first. Your FCoE adapter requires a converged network adapter which can run you in the neighborhood of $2,800.00 per card. Your typical PCI-E solution calls for a link extender card that can also set you back around $2,000.00 per card. It adds up quickly and then you still have to deal with the mess behind the server, all of the cables!

Now that's tidy!

This new solution from Xsigo completely cleans up the back of your server “rat’s nest” of cat5. Your standard server set up in the lab can gather up to about 98 cables, this of course changes from lab to lab. With the new Xsigo VP780/VP560 I/O Director in your rack, you can cut that down by about 70%! Imagine having up to 64 connections per server, with just 2 cables per server. Wow, imagine 70% of your infrastructure trimmed down nicely, what could that do for your company? Infrastructure? It also streamlines your operations by offering the cabability of a any-to-any situation, any server to any network and storage resource in a matter of seconds. There is no down time, no server re-boots, this all takes place in real time.

In short, if you are in the market for some serious upgrades to your existing infrastructure and what a product that will increase the effectiveness of your operations, trim down your “cable clutter”, all without busting your budget, this amazing product from Xsigo is your dream piece of hardware. It is available as of today, it ships staring in September. Thanks to Xsigo CEO Lloyd Carney, Executive Chairman Ashok Krishnamurthi, and Jon Toor for putting this presentation together for us to share with you. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a video roundtable discussion by Gestalt IT’s Stephen Foskett following the announcement. I will be sure to post a link to it as well as embed it on my blog as soon as it is available.


Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of 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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