A key building block of enterprise network storage architecture, first dreamed up at Digital Equipment Corp and Compaq Computers in the late 1990s, has finally seen light of day. Xiotech, which acquired the assets and management of Seagate's advanced technology group late last year, released today the world's fastest and most resilient storage component since papyrus and rock tablets: the Intelligent Storage Element (ISE). Read my VERY POSITIVE review here
At dinner with Xiotech last evening, the atmosphere was one of glee and foreboding. The techs were clearly delighted with the decision by Casey Powell to introduce this disruptive technology into the market -- a daring undertaking that makes Xiotech's product offerings every bit a competitor to the likes of EMC, NetApp, HDS, IBM and HPC and propels them ahead of the pack of knee knippers and ankle biters led by 3PAR.
SPC 1 and SPC 2 performance results, released as of midnite last night, show ISE to be NUMERO UNO. Plus, the on-board drive re-manufacturing processes are worthy of emulation by NASA.
I love this thing and will pay close attention at the efforts of Xiotech to parlay the product into the success story that it deserves to be. ISE, combined with a superior web services based management technology from Xiotech (ICON), has the potential to change everything.