I/O virtualisation company Xsigo has released a new version of its I/O Director product, claiming a significant boost in performance.

The new Director offers 40 Gbps server connectivity, twice the performance of Xsigo's current fastest product and four times the performance of fibre channel over Ethernet offerings.

This represents a considerable shift for the company, which three months ago launched a card-free I/O virtualisation offering.

Jon Toor, Xsigo's VP of marketing said that the impetus for the launch had been the improvements in the Infiniband technology used by the company in its I/O virtualisation offering. "The faster-speed QDR Infiniband has been available on the market for about a year now, so our customers are using proven technnology," he said.

He said that there was a growing interest in I/O virtualisation as companies moved to projects that entailed virtualising I/O-intensive applications. "Enterprises are looking to virtualise Exchange, Sharepoint, Oracle now. Traditional I/O has been a bottlenecks, and that has hindered the development. We offer a way around that," he added.

Toor said that the company's I/O virtualisation technology had found favour at Vmware too. "Not only are we a part of the VM ecosystem but Vmware itself uses us."

The company also sees a fit as more enterprises move to the cloud. "We scale to thousands of machines," said Toor. He pointed out that the technology would also help companies dealing with portability. "We offer the possibility of an interchangeable resource, allowing companies to seamless move to another resource. Previously, if you wanted to do this you'd have to make a sort of Xerox copy of your data centre"

The company has also released another product, the XMS 3.0, designed to meet the demands of this large-scale server management:

The new product offers a range of features, including user-defined I/O template allowing enterprises the ability to modify connectivuty on a a company's servers within seconds, the ability to view and manage connectivity on those thousands of servers from a single pane of glass and, the ability to manage those servers from the ubiquitous iPad.