Hyperconvergence

Datrium and Pivot3 Challenge Leaders in SDS/HCI Market

 

WhatMatrix, the independent technology comparison and analysis site, today announced the publication of its second SDS/HCI Landscape analysis report. Over and above providing a snapshot of the current landscape of the burgeoning SDS/HCI market, the latest report includes new use case analysis highlighting the top performers dependent upon specific areas of expertise, such as Data Services, Storage and Server support and Management. The WhatMatrix landscape report provides a valuable alternative view of this technology segments with its unmatched technical focus and free participation for any vendor. 

The report, authored by category consultant Herman Rutten, highlights the SDS/HCI market has gained in maturity, with customer numbers rising across the board. The ‘best' solution is also very subjective. Although many SDS/HCI solutions appear similar at first glance, they have their own set of pros and cons that differ depending upon an organization's unique situation and requirements. The Landscape Report is designed to assist organizations in that process and to eliminate the unknowns.

"SDS and HCI solutions have now reached a maturity level that makes them a viable alternative to traditional 3-tier enterprise storage systems. Nutanix and VMware continue to lead the pack in terms of market share. However, on the technology side they are challenged by new entrants in the report - such as Datrium and Pivot3 - to keep their solutions simple and feature rich at the same time," explained Herman Rutten, category consultant at WhatMatrix. "Having thoroughly analyzed the 12 vendor solutions included in this report, it is abundantly clear that the consideration of use cases is critical to the selection process."

The report also identifies the latest key trends: 

  • Meshed architectures
  • NVMe in hybrid and all-flash compositions
  • Erasure Coding without compromise
  • Native end-to-end encryption

As with all information and analysis from WhatMatrix, the full report can be downloaded free of charge - with no registration required.

 

DataCore's Market Survey Reveals that Storage Availability and Avoiding Vendor Lock-in Remain Top Concerns for IT Professionals

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DataCore Software today announced the results of its seventh consecutive market survey, "The State of Software-Defined, Hyperconverged and Cloud Storage," which explored the experiences of 400 IT professionals who are currently using or evaluating software-defined storagehyperconverged and cloud storage to solve critical data storage challenges. The results yield surprising insights from a cross-section of industries over a range of workloads, including the fact that storage availability and avoiding vendor lock-in remain top concerns for IT professionals, and illustrate the status of the industry on its journey to a software-defined future.

The report reveals what respondents view as the primary business drivers for implementing software-defined, hyperconverged, public cloud and hybrid cloud storage. For example, the top results for software-defined storage include: automate frequent or complex storage operations; simplify management of different types of storage; and extend the life of existing storage assets. This portrays the market's recognition of the economic advantages of software-defined storage and its power to maximize IT infrastructure performance, availability, and utilization.

The report also highlights the capabilities that users would like from their storage infrastructure. The top capabilities identified were business continuity/high availability (which can be achieved via metro clustering, synchronous data mirroring, and other architectures) at 74%; disaster recovery (from remote site or public cloud) at 73%; and enabling storage capacity expansion without disruption at 72%.

Scale Computing Raises $34.8 Million in Strategic Funding

Scale Computing today announced $34.8 million in Series F funding. Lenovo, being the largest investor in the round, announced last week a global partnership with Scale. The partnership was called  to bring intelligent edge computing to global retailers, distributed enterprises, and SMBs. New along with existing financial investors also participated in the round.

“We have experienced tremendous growth over the past two years, driven by our unique capability to completely automate the administration of a fully converged platform,” said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. “This round of funding, combined with our new partnership with Lenovo, enables us to instantly reach customers at a global scale.”

Scale’s patented HyperCore™ technology identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in both hardware and software in real time, using machine intelligence and automation to keep applications running without human intervention. This capability is especially critical in distributed enterprise edge computing, retail, and SMB deployments, where onsite IT staff may be very limited or non-existent. As such, Scale’s HC3 Edge platform has emerged as the leading platform for running mission critical applications in these environments.
 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Chooses Scale Computing's HC3 Platform

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Scale Computing, a market leader in hyperconverged solutions, today announced that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has selected Scale Computing's HC3 platform to underpin its IT infrastructure. The HC3 cluster provides a cost effective and simple-to-manage solution that has helped modernize the organization and cater to future capacity demands.

The DSO is a community-supported orchestra that is celebrated as one of the nation's most forward-thinking. Based in historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO presents a variety of musical genres and performance types: classical, pops, jazz, and even yoga set to live music. The orchestra looks to be on the leading edge and wanted to utilize the latest technology in order to upgrade its previous SAN system.

Looking to simplify IT management while remaining cost effective, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra decided to pursue a hyperconverged platform and opted for Scale Computing's HC3 cluster. The appliance has no additional software to license and no training is needed. In addition, the HC3 solution is built in a scale-out architecture, where nodes can be added, allowing for future growth and capacity demands.

Scale Computing and APC by Schneider Electric Launch 'Micro Data Center in a Box'

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Scale Computing has partnered with APC by Schneider Electric to deliver a Micro Data Center in a Box solution.

By utilizing Schneider Electric's award-winning Micro Data Center portfolio of infrastructure solutions, the Micro Data Center in a Box is able to deliver a fast, cost effective and resilient solution for channel partners, MSPs and end users while meeting the distinct challenges of big data and IoT faced by many businesses today.

The joint platform is built on a highly simplified but extremely effective and adaptable infrastructure. Micro Data Center in a Box offers a range of shared automated virtualization, compute, storage and power management resources. Under the terms of the agreement, Scale Computing supplies its HC3 HyperCore software while APC delivers a self-contained and secure enclosure. This solution allows organizations to simply and efficiently deliver a complete and highly energy efficient IT solution that is pre-tested, optimized and able to be rapidly deployed. This allows for a reliable and robust environment to leverage the best of on-premise and multi-cloud infrastructures.

The Micro Data Center in a Box requires minimal IT expertise and no additional infrastructure software. Instead, it is a highly available, self-managing platform for running applications at the edge. The added pay as you grow flexibility enables organizations to start small and grow their IT as and when needed. In addition, it has built-in redundancy to provide business continuity, even in remote edge locations. The solution is pre-packaged and ships ready to be deployed, providing a quick, turn-key and simple IT infrastructure, optimized to immediately support edge computing needs.

Nexenta Announces Enterprise File Services-based Software Defined Storage for Multi Cloud Environments

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Nexenta announced enterprise support and availability of a virtual deployed storage appliance, enabling enterprises to expand their hyper-converged infrastructure, applications, and workload flexibility. In tandem with this comes the latest versions of their leading storage software solutions, adding functionality to further accelerate their support for today's enterprises in private, public, hybrid, and multi clouds.

The newest version of Nexenta's full-featured software-defined storage (SDS) for enterprise applications, NexentaStor 5.1.2, offers the ultimate flexibility. This virtual machine deployment model of the award-winning NexentaStor unified storage software provides secure enterprise file services for hyper-converged appliance users as well as VMware users with traditional block only storage arrays without any additional hardware purchase. The use of the virtual storage appliance augments the already industry-leading hardware compatibility list for bare metal installations of NexentaStor. 

Maxta Introduces Hyperconverged "(Un)Appliance" with Maxta and Red Hat Virtualization Pre-Configured on Intel Data Center Blocks

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Maxta today introduced a Hyperconverged "(Un)Appliance" for Red Hat Virtualization, a pre-configured system of Red Hat Virtualization software and Maxta Hyperconvergence software bundled together on Intel Data Center Blocks hardware. This joint solution provides all the advantages of appliance-based hyperconvergence without any of the disadvantages - there's no refresh tax, no upgrade tax, no VMware tax, and no proprietary virtualization.

Hyperconverged (Un)Appliances collapse servers, storage, and networking into a single server tier that is used to run virtual machines and containers. Storage is configured automatically when VMs or containers are created allowing administrators to focus on managing applications rather than storage. The combination of Intel Data Center Blocks, Red Hat Virtualization and Maxta Hyperconvergence Software provides the operational and capital expense reductions desired by organizations, but in a way that is less expensive to procure, refresh and expand when compared to appliance-based hyperconvergence.

HiveIO Launches Hive Fabric 7.0, Bringing Next-Gen Intelligence to the Data Center

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HiveIO, a company that transforms commodity data center equipment into a software-defined virtualization solution, today announced version 7.0 of Hive Fabric, the industry's first zero-layer, hardware- and vendor-agnostic solution that provides high-performing, scalable technology to remove complexity from the data center. The artificial intelligence (AI) ready hyperconverged fabric (HCF) solution delivers next-generation data center management technology in a simple-to-deploy and easy-to-operate platform.

Current IT architecture requires highly skilled specialists with a range of certifications to manage the data center. Offering all the components of a hyperconverged solution, Hive Fabric 7.0 satisfies the performance, scale, and security that enterprises demand while eliminating confusing licensing and multi-vendor integration and management that come with traditional hyperconverged infrastructure.

Scale Computing Launches New MSP Program

Written by David Marshall

Scale Computing launched a new MSP program, consisting of a new flexible pricing model that ultimately reduces CapEx through a price per-node, per-month, OpEx subscription.

"We are committed to working with the channel in a true partnership, and our updated program is a reflection of this as we strive to enable our partners to maintain a competitive advantage. The market is dynamic, and channel partners need to adapt to meet new challenges and customer requirements," commented Jeff Ready, CEO at Scale Computing.

This program was not only created to boost partner profitability but also to enable partners to sell additional vital services that will meet growing customer requirements around Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS) and Remote Management as-a-Service (RMMaaS).

 

Pivot3 Announces Pivot3 Cloud Edition to Simplify Use of Public Clouds

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Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology and performance leader, today announced Pivot3 Cloud Edition on Amazon Web Services (AWS), which enables customers to simplify, optimize and automate their use of multi-cloud environments to better address business challenges. This extension of Pivot3's HCI software platform to the public cloud is part of the company's strategy to unify on-premises and public cloud infrastructures with its innovations in policy-based management and automated resource orchestration technologies. By extending these capabilities, Pivot3 is addressing the many challenges IT faces in reducing costs while improving agility from a hybrid and multi-cloud environment.

"Advancements in public cloud services brought the promise of reduced complexity and improved economics. However, to this point, IT has been held back by management and cost complexities along with lack of seamless, end-to-end control," said John Spiers, executive vice president of strategy, Pivot3. "Pivot3 Cloud Edition features our Intelligent Cloud Engine that brings unprecedented simplicity, intelligence and automation to multi-cloud environments. This intelligence engine features our market-leading policy-based management and resource orchestration capabilities that were designed to span on-premises infrastructure and public clouds as tiers of resources."