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ICMA Retirement Corporation Selects ISE Technology From Xiotech to Support Its Green Initiative

Nation's Largest Financial Services Organization for Public Service Employees Chooses Emprise 7000 Storage System for its Virtualized IT Environment

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Xiotech Corporation today announced that ICMA Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) selected the Emprise(TM) 7000 storage system, powered by Intelligent Storage Element (ISE(TM)) technology, to support the consolidation of its IT network to a virtualized platform and help the organization reduce its energy consumption.

Washington, D.C.-based ICMA-RC is a not-for-profit financial services organization which supports more than 800,000 public sector employees across 8,000 retirement plan types. With 220 physical servers and data doubling annually, ICMA-RC's data center was near capacity and using an ever-increasing amount of electricity. To reduce the stress load on its data center and lower energy consumption, the organization decided to move to a virtualized server and storage environment and selected Xiotech's Emprise 7000 solution to provide flexible, virtualized storage.

"While we've always been conscious of our data center's energy consumption, our usage spiked dramatically over the past year as our business grew," said ICMA-RC Senior Manager Tony Gilfoy. "Virtualizing our IT environment will significantly reduce the amount of energy we use. Emprise 7000 integrates seamlessly with our server virtualization software while giving us the flexibility and capacity to support this new energy-efficient infrastructure."

The design of the Emprise 7000 storage system also allows ICMA-RC to maximize its usage of the SAN today and easily add capacity when needed. Because of the ISE technology and Xiotech's unique storage virtualization, adding capacity also increases reliability and performance across the SAN.

"As we continue to add storage capacity to support our data growth, it will be critical for us to do so without downtime or performance degradation," said Gilfoy. "Emprise 7000 gives us that capability, along with impressive reliability and more than enough performance to run multiple high I/O operations at the same time."

Xiotech's Emprise 7000 storage system is built on patented ISE technology, which minimizes all disk-related service events through a combination of preventive and self-healing capabilities. ISE technology also overcomes performance issues of traditional data storage systems by tightly integrating drive, enclosure and controller software, and by distributing much of the processing and cache into the enclosure. And ISE technology provides greatly improved and simplified scalability by pooling storage into a singular element that is 20 to 40 times the capacity of a typical disk drive, with the internal processing power and cache needed to handle all drive management functions.

The Emprise 7000 system supports up to 64 ISE (1,024 terabytes) and is managed by dual, clustered storage controllers. It includes all of the capabilities that are currently available on Xiotech's Magnitude 3D(R) 4000 line, including the Web Services-based ICON Manager user interface with Virtual View for managing virtualized environments, optimal storage virtualization, distributed cluster architecture, Intelligent Provisioning and a suite of data replication solutions.

About Xiotech

Xiotech Corporation, an innovator in data storage and protection solutions, is delivering the new foundation of storage with unprecedented reliability, performance and scalability. Xiotech's Emprise(TM) storage family is built on patented Intelligent Storage Element (ISE(TM)) technology, which minimizes drive-related service events, while delivering industry-leading performance. Both the Emprise and Magnitude 3D(R) families of storage systems feature the ICON Manager user interface, which allows users to provision and manage their storage from a single console. In addition, with Virtual View, a free plug-in to ICON Manager, users have a global view of the array, virtualized servers and virtual machines from a single interface and can automate configuration across all layers. This management platform is the first to simplify integration and customization using industry-standard Web Services technology.

Xiotech is based in Eden Prairie, Minn., and maintains major facilities in Colorado Springs, Colo. and Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit http://www.xiotech.com, email info@xiotech.com or call toll free 1.866.472.6764.

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