ISE was the obvious throughput leader at the show, demonstrating 15-16 GB/sec on 200 HDs with more than 100TB of capacity. They demonstrated their ISE-2 gear, which doesn't use disk-optimizing SSD caching ("hot sheets" as they call it) as does their ISE Hybrid offering. Closest to their numbers was Mellanox, which used Infiniband with LSI SSDs to deliver about 10 GB/sec throughput.
Microsoft seemed to be wowed, not having broken 10 GB/sec in their own in-lab tests at Redmond.
By Day 2, Best of Tech Ed judging had commenced, customers were coming into the X-IO booth in droves to see both the ISE-2 demo and the Hyper ISE mini demo, running at 60K IOPS. One signed a PO at the booth -- a rare event at a trade show.
News starts to surface that X-IO in the running for a Finalist in Storage Category, everyone is chattering about the idea that "just 200 10K hard drives, 100+ TBs running 3+ days have delivered 125K IOPS at 16GB/sec on 7000 watts..."
On June 14, XIO is awarded Best of TechEd Hardware and Storage Category, plus Attendee's Choice.Those are just the quickie notes I was taking during reportage from the event, but hopefully you get an idea of how exciting this bit of news was, how it crescendo'd into a huge win for X-IO and for those of us who want to chase watts out of I/O in performance storage. I was proud of the X-IO folks and I don't work for them (or have any relationship with them at all -- financial or otherwise). There is more goodness coming. Hyper ISE will deliver even more IOPS per watt and I will shortly post pics and words describing what I consider to be the most important aspect of ISE technology: its RESTful Management Stack. More later. Congrats to Steve, Ritchie, Keith, Jeff and everyone else at X-IO.