|[April 03, 2014]
Top of the Class, X-IO Helps with holSystems' Storage Performance Challenges
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --(Business Wire)--
holSystems, a leading provider of hands-on labs, demos, and classroom
training, continues to excel in the cloud after announcing that it is
using X-IO's Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) solutions to underpin its
As a provider of hundreds of cloud-based events and global training
sessions every year, getting the best performance and reliability from
its IT systems are key to holSystems' success. After picking an X-IO ISE
storage system, which is purpose built for server and desktop
virtualization, cloud computing and other multi-tenant workloads,
holSystems has resolved its I/O performance challenges.
holSystems' delivers high-performance hands-on labs, instructor-led
labs, demos, and seminars directly from the cloud. The company's growth
globally meant its infrastructure was becoming a victim of its own
success. To support its evolving business needs, the company decided to
move selected parts of its services to a cloud model from its originally
on-premise hardware model, with the goal of delivering exceptional
performance to its customers. However, it wasn't long before this mixed
environment experienced I/O bottlenecks and a decrease in performance.
In need of a storage update, holSystems turned to The Mirazon Group,
provider of technology solutions and consulting services. Mirazon
recommended and helped deploy an X-IO ISE 200 Series performance storage
array. The system provides an ideal balance of price, performance,
capacity and reliability. It also eliminates the previous storage
painpoints holSystems faced.
Corey Hynes, CEO, holSystems said: "The ISE system was a piece of cake
to bring online. We deployed the solution in half a dozen clicks, with
immediate results; the platform is well designed, offers
high-performance, is very affordable, and can handle all the high
profile event-facing workloads we manage, such as Microsoft (News - Alert) TechEd and
"We have just completed our third hosting capacity increase this year
adding 2.5TB of RAM and LAN switching fabrics, and a series of new high
performance firewall devices. The advance in our infrastructure
supported by X-IO has increased our offering and ultimately our
Blair Parkhill, VP of Marketing, X-IO said: "We love working with
leading-edge providers that are pushing the envelope of cloud services.
At TechEd North America 2013 holSystems provided over 19,000 lab
environments, with an average of 4.5 virtual machines per environment,
all over a 5-day period. It's about reliability, predictability, and
cost, and to know that Mirazon and holSystems look to X-IO technologies
for highly visible, highly concurrent and highly productive
infrastructures, well… that says it all."
Introduced in 2004, the holSystems platform has been used by some of the
world's largest software companies to provide labs at events and provide
access to hosted training and demo environments. It has been used at
Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft BUILD and many more events that can involve
hundreds of labs and thousands of virtual machines.
The holSystems platform, a fully automated multi-tenant cloud solution,
allows employees, customers or partners to interact with a company's
software in a safe, predictable and scalable environment where virtual
machines are cloned into a fully isolated sandbox environment and
available for use in seconds.
Most of the staff at holSystems are Microsoft trainers and the company
has a very strong training background.
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 (News - Alert)
Technology, addresses the demand of customers for long duty cycle
storage, the demand of 100% capacity utilization without loss of
performance, and uniquely does not require service intervention during
Based in Colorado, the organization has offices throughout North
America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa and has a proven
installation of over 7,000 units across in excess of 1,200 customers
worldwide. For more information, please visit www.x-io.com
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