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New Xiotech Magnitude 3D 4000 Storage System Provides Regional Internet Services Provider with Business Continuity Protection

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Xiotech Corporation today announced that Wintek Corporation recently selected and implemented a Xiotech(R) Magnitude 3D(R) 4000 storage area network (SAN). The storage system was implemented as the organization moved to a consolidated, virtualized server and storage environment, and is providing the high data availability and reliability Wintek and its customers rely on for business continuity.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., March 10 /PRNewswire/ — Xiotech Corporation today announced that Wintek Corporation recently selected and implemented a Xiotech(R) Magnitude 3D(R) 4000 storage area network (SAN). The storage system was implemented as the organization moved to a consolidated, virtualized server and storage environment, and is providing the high data availability and reliability Wintek and its customers rely on for business continuity.

Lafayette, Ind.-based Wintek Corporation is a regional Internet Services Provider and Cisco reseller with more than 600 enterprise customers, including banks, government institutions and educational organizations. With Wintek hosting data for its customers, reliable, high-speed access is critical, yet Wintek's pre-existing IT infrastructure-which included direct-attached storage-was showing its limitations. By mid-2007, minor hardware failures were occurring, backup processes were becoming increasingly cumbersome and actual physical space to house the servers was becoming an issue.

After researching options, Wintek decided a virtualized approach combined with storage and server consolidation would best solve its challenges, and selected Xiotech's Magnitude 3D 4000 system with VMware ESX Server. The integration of Magnitude 3D 4000 with VMware's high-availability and load-balancing capabilities ensures maximum system reliability for Wintek and its customers.

"If one of our Web servers goes down, it not only puts our reputation at risk, but our customers' reputations as well," said Oliver Beers, network engineer, Wintek. "We were really impressed with how well the Xiotech Magnitude 3D system integrated with our VMware ESX Server environment to provide us with a highly available virtualized server and storage infrastructure."

"We've already seen significant time and cost savings through our server and storage consolidation efforts, and we believe we have the best solution possible from a business continuity perspective," added Beers.

Wintek's Magnitude 3D 4000 system is built on a virtualized, distributed cluster architecture that enables Wintek to easily create virtual disk point-in-time copies and mirrors. This creates valuable efficiencies in the areas of data repurposing, online backup and recovery of critical application data. Furthermore, the system's tight integration with VMware ensures that if one of Wintek's servers goes down, its data will automatically fail over to another server and be available again in seconds.

While Wintek primarily offers Internet services and Cisco products, it currently stores two of its customers' data on the Magnitude 3D 4000 SAN. Wintek expects to extend this storage and business continuity service to other customers, which will require Wintek to greatly increase the capacity of its storage infrastructure.

"Business continuity is essential for all organizations. Yet there is no universal, one-size-fits-all approach," said Steve Snyder, general manager, Xiotech Storage Solutions Group. "Our Magnitude 3D 4000 virtual storage system integrates with our modular data protection and availability offerings to enable organizations like Wintek to select the best total solution for their business's unique requirements."

The Xiotech Magnitude 3D 4000 system also greatly simplifies storage provisioning and management for Wintek with its intuitive user interface, ICON Manager. As a result, it is not necessary for Wintek to dedicate a full-time employee to manage the SAN. For example, appropriate staff can easily create virtual disks and assign them to servers with just a few mouse clicks from a single console.

Wintek went live with the Magnitude 3D 4000 storage system in January. Wintek has moved six servers to the virtual environment, and plans to move another six servers in the near term, which will give the company access to 2.4 terabytes of virtualized storage on the SAN.

About Xiotech

Xiotech is a leading provider of data storage and business continuity solutions to midsized organizations. Xiotech's easy-to-use, reliable and adaptable data storage and data protection solutions minimize risk, maximize value and provide organizations with a low total cost of ownership. Xiotech's Magnitude(R) line of midrange storage solutions includes scalable and easy-to-use Fibre Channel and iSCSI-based systems and a comprehensive set of data protection solutions. Xiotech is based in Eden Prairie, Minn., and maintains major facilities in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Norwich, Ct.; Vancouver, Wash.; 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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