International Computerware Inc. (ICI) Expands Cloud Solutions Portfolio With Xsigo Systems Partnership

Mar 15, 2011, 15:28 ET from International Computerware, Inc.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International Computerware, Inc. (ICI), a global award winning infrastructure consulting firm has today announced it has expanded its virtualization solutions portfolio by partnering with Xsigo Systems as a way to enable a more seamless cloud adoption strategy.

ICI has long been focused in consulting, using their nCubed Methodology of Now, Next, Nirvana, on application and virtualization performance and I/O in the enterprise.

Xsigo's I/O virtualization technology is making a significant and immediate impact in ICI's desktop virtualization offering by providing a flexible, high-performance data center architecture that forms the core of ICI's desktop as a service cloud solution.  ICI's DEMO Team (Desktop, Enduser, Mobile, Optimization) has been at the forefront of virtual desktop solutions in both large and small environments. ICI's IOPS Team (Infrastructure Operations Professional Services) are excited about the fact that they are able to quickly and efficiently enable virtual desktops while extending and in most cases enhancing the customers current infrastructure by virtualizing I/O to up to 40GBs.  

"Virtual Desktops are not about lighting up VMware View and providing the end user with a desktop," says Justin Kenney ICI's Practice Lead for DEMO. "We leverage the QoS capabilities of the delivery mechanism to provide VDI users with superior performance and faster response times than 1Gb Ethernet, and to eliminate network bottlenecks."

With 26 years of consulting and implementation experience, ICI has successfully delivered VDI solutions through best practices and best of breed partners. When architecting a VDI solution, ICI utilizes a carefully selected partner ecosystem, to create end-to-end solution that ensure a highly available and successful virtual desktop environment.

VDI is I/O intensive, and it operates in an environment where I/O latencies can add up. Latencies include server-to-server communications (when booting, or when accessing a thin app server), server-to-storage links, and server-to-end user links. Achieving a satisfactory user experience requires that you minimize latencies and maximize bandwidth to avoid bottlenecks.

Xsigo virtual I/O eliminates bottlenecks with up to 80Gb bandwidth to each server.  And Xsigo's low I/O latency – typically 3X faster than 1G Ethernet – accelerates network, storage, and server-to-server communications to deliver responsiveness that users will appreciate.

Server virtualization demands more from server I/O. Six to sixteen I/O connections per server is typical, which not only drives up I/O costs but also may dictate the use of larger, more expensive servers. 

Xsigo's virtual I/O technology consolidates I/O connections to just two cables per server, while ensuring redundancy and bandwidth. The result is an immediate 50% CAPEX reduction (learn more about the cost savings here). In VMware environments, deploy up to 32 vNICs and 16 vHBAs per server, and get 80Gbs bandwidth to each host. 

About ICI

International Computerware, Inc. (ICI) is a global award winning infrastructure consulting firm founded in 1985. ICI's focus is customer enablement and early cloud adoption, through process driven technology solutions. Utilizing their proven consulting methodology nCubed™ Now, Next, Nirvana, grounded in ITIL fundamentals, ICI is providing their clients with datacenter solutions designed around ICI's intellectual capital and vast integration experience; built on best-of-breed technologies. As a leader and innovator in Infrastructure As A Service (I.a.a.S.), ICI is further enabling clients to realize a service based computing model with their vCube™ offerings. A flexible, cost effective, and highly leveraged approach to actualizing the private, public, and hosted cloud computing models. For more information, visit

About Xsigo Systems
Founded in 2004, Xsigo Systems, Inc. is the leader in data center I/O virtualization, helping organizations reduce costs and improve business agility. Based on patented and award-winning technology, Xsigo offers a complete I/O virtualization product family which includes the VP560 and VP780 I/O Directors. Xsigo has hundreds of customers, partners and resellers around the globe and services multiple industries including financial, education, government, entertainment, technology and telecommunications. The privately held company is based in San Jose, Calif., and funded by Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit

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