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VMworld 2010 News: Virtensys Announces New I/O Virtualization Switch

Enterprises Achieve More than 50 Percent Reduction in I/O Costs and Power Consumption through I/O Virtualization

Virtensys is announcing today a new high-performance I/O virtualization system that consolidates and virtualizes network connectivity to servers and provides up to 80 Gbps of sustained Ethernet bandwidth per server.  The VIO-4004 increases the performance of virtualized environments by providing servers and Virtual Machines (VM) with the highest connectivity bandwidth while minimizing the server I/O processing overhead. Enterprises using the Virtensys I/O switch in their data centers reduce the I/O costs and power consumption by more than 50 percent compared to traditional I/O deployments.

The Virtensys I/O virtualization switches convert servers to high-performance and stateless compute nodes that can be seamlessly interconnected by pooling, consolidating and abstracting servers’ I/O resources and state. IT managers can now wire servers once and then dynamically reconfigure them at will with different state and I/O profiles based on applications’ needs. The switches connect to servers via the native PCI Express® interconnect and are compliant with the PCISIG Single-Root IOV (SR-IOV) and Multi-Root IOV (MR-IOV) specifications.  IT administrators can now deploy stateless computing in their environments using industry-standard servers and operating systems, enabling organizations to create private or public clouds through a platform-neutral approach and without requiring forklift upgrades to their data centers or being locked-into a single vendor’s proprietary solutions.

The VIO-4004 virtualizes up to four Intel Ethernet X520 dual-port 10 GbE adapters and provides servers with line-rate access to the network.  It enables the servers to simultaneously use and share the adapters. Darryl Rakestraw, director of customer marketing, LAN Access Division at Intel Corporation says: "It is exciting to see the Virtensys VIO-4004 system support the Intel Ethernet Server Adapter X520 family. Aggregating multiple Intel 10GbE adapters in this manner offers customers a cost-effective way to deliver up to 80 Gbps of bandwidth to each rack-based server while maintaining Intel’s outstanding virtualization I/O performance."


Virtualized operating systems leverage the capabilities of I/O virtualization to further improve data center operations and cloud infrastructures. Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances at VMware states: “The VIO-4004 complements VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and helps customers achieve higher performance and greater flexibility, manageability and efficiency in their IT infrastructure and cloud deployments. By increasing bandwidth and I/O at the virtual machine level, the Virtensys solution helps ensure that applications receive the resources they require to perform at the highest levels.”

 

Virtensys will demonstrate its new I/O virtualization switch at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, booth 1431.

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