London, UK, 5 December 2013 – X-IO launched its ‘Happy Fifth Anniversary’ customer program today to celebrate and promote valued customers that have successfully utilised its ISE solutions for five years or more without a single visit from a service engineer or ever having to replace a disk drive. The programme provides demonstrable evidence of the longevity and ongoing performance of X-IO’s products compared to rival rip and replace shorter lifecycle solutions. X-IO’s disruptive storage technology is creating a new breed of storage customers who will demand more from their storage, and expect to get it with less hardware and cost than they ever have before.
X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) is an easy to use, high performance system which offers both consistent and accelerated performance via hard disk drives (HDDs), or real-time hybrid solutions with enterprise SSDs and HDDs. All of X-IO’s solutions provide enterprise-class reliability with self-healing capabilities and are ideally suited for a whole range of Microsoft, Oracle, VMware and Citrix applications.
Gavin McLaughlin, Solutions Development Director at X-IO, said: “The program celebrates our long-term valued customers who believed in our storage capabilities right from the start. Each customer chose X-IO, in part, based on our unmatched five-year warranty. But the reality is IT administrators choose ISE storage systems because, unlike our competitors, there's no need for drive replacements and ISE provides the same high performance even when 100% full.”
Just a few of the customers who’ve benefited from X-IO’s Five Year, Zero-Touch ISE solutions, include:
CAPIS, a top institutional agency broker and research provider has worked with X-IO for five years and implemented the solution when it decided to re-build its storage infrastructure from the ground up. It selected X-IO because of its unique performance packed offering at the time. The institution has implemented six ISE units due to X-IO’s unmatched price and performance. Kevin Kelly, said: “It’s nice to see an innovative solution with superior performance and availability that isn’t just made up of other existing storage offerings. X-IO’s ISE is a simple solution that I don’t have to devote much time to. It just works.”
Shepherd Chemical, a leading supplier of Inorganic Metal Salts and Organic Based Metal Chemicals to the global marketplace, implemented X-IO’s innovative ISE solution five years ago to help keep its highly virtualised data center up to date. Jerry Wessel, Lead System Administrator, Shepherd Chemical, said: “We have not seen a drop in performance or reliability in the five years we have used it. We have had zero issues and at this point reliability is just assumed.”
Jesuit Prep School is a highly modern Texas-based private school for boys. The school is at the leading edge of technology with every student using an iPad and the teachers using smart boards in the classroom. The school chose X-IO’s ISE solution because it was looking for a stable storage solution that supported its Hyper-V infrastructure. Peter Billingham, IT Administrator, Jesuit Prep School, said: “X-IO’s ISE is reliable and extremely easy to use. I would recommend X-IO to anyone in a heartbeat, it requires no maintenance and quite frankly, it always works.”
Gavin McLaughlin, concluded: “We encourage everyone to spend five minutes with any of our customers and they’ll tell you why X-IO has helped them to get more from their storage. It’s normal for our customers to scale as they go, meaning they only purchase another ISE system if they’ve reached 100 percent capacity utilisation. ISE is high performing no matter how much data you have on a system unlike other systems that slow down when they hit 75 or 80 percent capacity. Every storage buyer should be asking their suppliers to provide customer references that illustrate similar five year ‘no disruption or no service call out’ examples.”
X-IO Technologies is the only hardware company to have solved some of the fundamental challenges of Enterprise Storage. X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) architecture, invented as a division of Seagate Technology, addresses the demand of customers for long duty cycle storage, the demand of 100% capacity utilisation without loss of performance, and uniquely does not require service intervention during its lifetime.
Based in Colorado, the organisation has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa and has a proven installation of over 6,000 units across in excess of 1,200 customers worldwide.
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