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February 28, 2011

Fuji TV Deploys Xsigo Virtual I/O Solution

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Xsigo Systems, a provider of I/O virtualization, announced Hitachi Solutions, a solution provider, and Hitachi Electronics Services, a provider of hardware and software solutions, deployed a fully virtualized IT infrastructure at Fuji TV using Xsigo solution.

The virtualized IT infrastructure includes Hitachi (News - Alert) Storage Solutions, Hitachi Universal Storage Platform, V storage virtualization, VMware vSphere server virtualization software, Hitachi Advanced Servers, HA8000 Series servers, and the Xsigo VP780 I/O Director.

Hitachi Solutions and Hitachi Electronics Services together deployed a virtualized IT infrastructure at Fuji TV. While Fuji TV understood the efficiency of the virtual platform, they faced physical I/O bottleneck issues that limited the further integration of their IT system.

With an increasing number of NICs and HBAs on each server and growing cable management complexity, Fuji TV decided to adopt Xsigo I/O virtualization technology in their infrastructure. This platform, which integrates three layers of virtualization, will begin production usage this month, company officials said.

Fuji TV manages more than 150 physical servers. The company is in the process of migrating data center workloads to the new infrastructure. With the new infrastructure, Fuji TV can increase resource utilization, reduce power, space and cooling demands, and lower overall total cost of ownership.Hitachi Solutions and Hitachi Electronics capitalize on the Hitachi capabilities to solve customer problems with advanced technologies and complete system integration, backed by technologies, reliability, and rich experience.Xsigo virtual I/O allows users to provision virtual Ethernet and fiber channel adapter cards that replace the fixed physical cards that would otherwise be required. In the Fuji TV deployment, 24 virtual connections are allocated to each ESX host. With Xsigo virtual I/O, each host required just two physical connections, resulting in a 92 percent reduction in the number of cables and switch ports.

Recently, Xsigo Systems announced a group of Xsigo virtual I/O customers who now deploy Xsigo in support of their Oracle (News - Alert) database applications. Benefits cited by these users include 30 percent overall capital cost reduction, 70 percent less infrastructure complexity, and up to 25 times faster job completion.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf