Xsigo Systems Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

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Xsigo Systems Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions

Xsigo Systems, a leader in data center I/O virtualization, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, recognizing Xsigo’s expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Xsigo has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.

The Xsigo I/O Director is purpose built to deliver dynamic server connectivity, allowing data center users to connect any server to any network or storage device in seconds, without the restrictions of I/O cards, cables, and switch ports. Benefits of the solution include:

  •     Dynamic I/O management: Deploy virtual Ethernet and Fibre channel connections to live servers
  •     Scalable I/O: Up to 64 virtual NICs and HBAs per server with just one cable
  •     Broadly interoperable: Proven with all leading X86 servers and FC, iSCSI, and NAS storage
  •     Future-proof: Add new I/O capabilities without modifying server cards or cables

“In today’s dynamic data center, IT managers need the flexibility that Xsigo virtual I/O enables by allowing them to connect any of their servers to any storage and network resource, and do it in real time,” said Bruce Fingles, vice president of product management and IT at Xsigo. “We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. The benefits provided will allow us to continue to enhance the offerings that we provide for customers.”

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities,” said Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes Xsigo as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology.”

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Xsigo had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each Competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.

The Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency is designed for partners that specialize in infrastructure solutions such as storage and systems management; this competency provides the information, tools, and support customers need to help expand their business.
The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners’ businesses be successful.

About Xsigo Systems

Xsigo Systems, Inc. is the technology leader in data center I/O virtualization, helping organizations reduce costs and improve business agility. The Xsigo VP780 I/O Director consolidates server connectivity with a solution that provides unprecedented management simplicity and interoperability with open standards. The privately held company is based in San Jose, CA and funded by Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.xsigo.com.

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