March 14, 2012
Steve Sicola is a GIANT in storage and someone you should know if you don’t already. I just found out he is posting to a new blog called Storage Horizons: http://stevesicola.com/
November 12, 2011
I just need to say that there is a ton of IP buried in this company and many of the brightest minds in storage. Someday this will make a classic HBR article – but in the meantime it’s just sad.
I invite your comment.
June 22, 2010
CRN unveiled its 2010 class of Storage Superstars spotlighting 10 “individuals and groups that made the modern storage industry what it is today.” And among the visionaries honored was Xiotech CTO Steve Sicola.
The “driving force on several generations of storage arrays and architectures,” Steve was recognized for his nearly 40 patents, tenure at Compaq and DEC, and as VP of Seagate’s Advanced Storage Architecture (ASA) Group. Informally known as the “Skunk Works” – an homage to Lockheed Martin’s legendary engineering team – the ASA Group was acquired by Xiotech in 2007 and architected ISE.
“Steve embodies the passion, commitment and innovative thinking – all hallmarks of Xiotech – that serve as the foundation of this company and have fueled the revolution that is ISE,” said Xiotech President and CEO Alan Atkinson. “With Steve overseeing our Storage Fellows Program, we look forward to his (and others’) continued contributions to the industry and Xiotech – including the next-generation of ISE.”
April 19, 2010
Taking disruptive technology to early adoption is in my DNA — the very fabric of who I am. I’ve had the privilege to engage with great technologists — many of whom remain colleagues today. As many of you know, I am recently on board at Xiotech, some of which was part of Seagate until a few years ago and is still an integral part of our ownership and our IP. The messaging in the storage space can be confusing — here are some ideas that may help break through the noise. So here’s your challenge:
Q: What do IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, NetApp, 3Par, Compellent and Xiotech have in common?
A: We all use disk drives manufactured by Seagate.
No matter which storage vendor you deploy, Seagate drives are at the heart of the technology. Now let me share with you Xiotech’s Integrated Storage Element (ISE). We take the very same Seagate technology to the next level — after all, we know these drives better than any other storage vendor.
PLAN #1: Deploy 100 $20k storage subsystems of [INSERT YOUR BRAND HERE] each costing 15% to keep under maintenance in years 4 & 5 (assuming 3 year warranty) = $600,000.
PLAN #2: Acquire xiotech ISE @ 30% less initial acquistion cost/space/energy to produce the same performance (or better) and pay $0 in hardware maintenance over 5 years.
or – use the comparable acquisition cost to get 30% more performance from the start
or – use the NPV of the maintenance to get more performance/density
If you’re a former client from FileTek, Agilis, Sensar, Verity, Immersion or Fusion-io, you’ve seen what I’ve seen: disruptive technology making a significant difference – and Xiotech ISE is no different.
Don’t believe me? MAKE ME PROVE IT!
April 14, 2010
Comment Xiotech wants CorteX to be the door to a new storage world. CorteX is a REST-using API that lets an application access and manage Xiotech’s storage brick, its ISE (Intelligent Stage Element), the sort of super disk drive with fail-in-place components, a five-year warranty and terrific performance from its multiple spindles.
See the entire post here: “Xiotech’s CorteX to change the storage world”