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X-IO VDI Emergency Response Program Builds Momentum and Solves Performance Challenges Caused by Legacy Storage for Travel Insurance Company

X-IO Technologies today announced that it has fixed the performance issues faced by Seven Corners, a premier travel insurance provider, within its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. By implementing X-IO’s Intelligent Storage Element (ISE), Seven Corners has already dramatically increased VDI performance and eliminated system downtime.

Seven Corners provides comprehensive travel insurance for businesses and individuals travelling to and from the US. Offering services such as emergency evacuation, and repatriation, the company has served hundreds of thousands of international travelers over the last 20 years. With a large customer support team dealing with emergencies 24/7, having access to mission critical data is vital.

Seven Corners’ legacy storage environment was reaching maximum capacity and was struggling to maintain a quality user experience with its VDI environment due to performance degradation, leading to loss of hosted desktop availability. The company turned to technology solutions provider, Mirazon, to help heal its virtual desktop infrastructure. After Seven Corners looked at a number of vendors, including EMC and NetApp, Mirazon chose their standard in high-performance and reliable storage, X-IO.

With a reputation for fixing VDI performance and reliability issues, X-IO’s ISE 200 series performance storage system offered outstanding performance, low total cost of ownership (TCO) and a five-year warranty. Seven Corners implemented two ISE 230 high-performance arrays at each of its two data center sites to support DataCore’s software-defined storage management solution. Combined, the solution provides for a highly available, low-latency data center, with a disaster recovery plan leveraging replication between two sites.

“Our existing solution was causing major performance issues across the board. At peak times we were suffering outages that were creating boot storms,” explained Brian McCleskey, virtual operations manager at Seven Corners. “When we tested X-IO we were blown away by the technology as well as the TCO. The full solution cost less than a third of the equivalent platform from NetApp over five years.”

Gavin McLaughlin, VP, Worldwide Marketing at X-IO, said: “Since we launched our VDI Emergency Response program we are seeing a huge increase in the number of companies that need their VDI healed. We are a perfect fit for Seven Corners’ software-defined VDI environment. It offers 100 percent capacity utilization and the high performance demanded by heavy workloads. At X-IO, we have a proven track record of delivering consistently reliable, high-performance solutions that stand up to the demands of a VDI environment time after time.”

To find out more about X-IO’s VDI Emergency Response program, please visit Booth #705 at VMworld, Moscone Center, San Francisco 24th – 28th August 2014 or make contact via the links below.

Resources

X-IO VDI-ER Website: http://xiostorage.com/vdi-er

ISE Storage: http://xiostorage.com/products/ise-storage-systems/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/xiostorage

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/x-io-storage

Customer website: http://www2.sevencorners.com

About X-IO

X-IO Technologies, with its Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) architecture, has solved some of the fundamental challenges of enterprise storage for virtualized environments. ISE addresses the demand of customers for consistent performance, simplified, hypervisor integrated management and true zero-touch reliability in VDI, OLTP and BI-DW environments.

Based in Colorado, the organization has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa and has a proven installation of more than 7,000 units across 1,200+ customers worldwide.

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