Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance Taps Scale Computing for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Today, it was announced that Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance, the largest insurance company entirely based in Idaho, is using Scale Computing’s HC3 solution to modernize their IT infrastructure for maximum performance, reliability and low cost of ownership.

“Our customers rely on us to provide prompt and accurate service as they’re dealing with important, urgent issues, so exceptional IT availability and reliability are vital to our organization,” said Adam Waldron, CIO at Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance. “With Scale Computing, we were able to migrate our entire IT environment to a single hyperconverged system, greatly improving reliability and reducing complexity, while keeping costs down.”
Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance, established in 1947 by a group of farmers and ranchers, is now the largest writer of farm and ranch insurance in the state. With more than $200 million in written net premiums, Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance needed maximum reliability and uptime in their IT infrastructure with no margin for error.

Spice Money Transforms Digital Payments for Millions of Users with Nutanix

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced the deployment of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software at Spice Money, a digital wallet subsidiary of Spice Digital Limited. Spice Money chose Nutanix to help with scaling transactions, streamlining their data center management and reducing costs to deploy their services.

Spice Money is used mainly for money transfers within India, and processes over 4 million transactions for more than 2 million customers every month. To date, Spice Money has achieved a Gross Transaction Value (GTV) of $1 billion USD.

Keeping up with its exponential growth while retaining innovation, high performance and reliability of the service are critical objectives for Spice Money. Digitization and digital payments are key areas of growth across India and customers are increasingly demanding faster and more secure services. Data protection and compliance were also important considerations in their selection of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud solution.

Huawei and Veeam Provide Rapid Recovery and Business Continuity for FusionCube Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Huawei announced a verified solution stack built with the Huawei FusionCube hyperconverged platform that leverages Veeam Availability Suite for protection and rapid recovery of workloads. The Huawei verified solution provides enterprises a highly scalable and easy-to-manage platform to both power and protect business workloads.

Veeam, the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise innovator, brings data availability and protection capabilities to FusionCube hyperconverged infrastructure to all workloads - virtual, physical and cloud - all from a single management console, providing:

Nutanix Fuels Channel Partners to Propel the Next Generation of Cloud Deployments

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Nutanix announced today that it is introducing new channel program incentives and expanded standalone software license offerings with Dell EMC to drive the next wave of enterprise cloud adoption for its customers. With these new incentives, Nutanix will provide its partners with enhanced economics for selling Nutanix software and enable customers to have more options in how they procure industry-leading hybrid cloud and hyperconverged technologies for their data centers.

Dell EMC XC Core includes Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers and Dell EMC solution integration software for Nutanix software deployments. XC Core, available today, is an alternative to other products in the Dell EMC XC Family that allows customers to purchase the Nutanix software license separately from the rest of the appliance with access to software support directly from Nutanix's award-winning customer service organization. Customers will be able to choose the software licensing terms and conditions that are optimal for their business needs.

Pivot3 Accelerates Hyperconverged Infrastructure Sales with More Than 65 Percent Growth

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Pivot3 today announced it experienced accelerated growth in 2017, including significant traction among multi-workload environments in data centers and smart city and safe city initiatives. In 2017, Pivot3's sales increased by more than 65 percent from the first half to the second half of the year, reflecting the increased market demand for high-performance products like Pivot3's Acuity platform and purpose-built appliances for streaming media.

"We saw incredible sales acceleration this past quarter, with Pivot3 emerging as the only private technology company capable of taking on the large, public IT companies with a platform that can support the most demanding applications," said Ron Nash, CEO, Pivot3. "We built our HCI platform for the future, with deeply-embedded intelligence and simplicity for the evolving datacenter -- a capability that is resonating with major enterprises looking to manage multiple applications on one HCI platform, as well as governments embarking on large-scale smart city and safe city initiatives. The message is clear: when customers have a demanding IT initiative, they turn to Pivot3."

Cisco Accelerates Multicloud Journey with HyperFlex Platform Innovations

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Cisco announced platform innovations for Cisco HyperFlex with the 3.0 software release that delivers performance and simplicity for any application, on any cloud, at any scale.  Enhancements include support for Microsoft Hyper-V, stretch clusters, containers, and new multicloud services that enable applications to be deployed, monitored and managed in any cloud. The result is a platform that uniquely enables development and deployment of both traditional and cloud-native applications on a common hyperconverged platform.

Cisco HyperFlex: The Power to Simplify More
Other hyperconverged solutions neglect the crucial roles that networking and distributed file systems play in the performance and scaling of clustered servers. Cisco redefined hyperconvergence with a complete end-to-end approach that engineers high performance server and networking technology, with a purpose-built filesystem. The result is industry leading performance that enables customers to efficiently support a broader array of applications, including databases and mission critical ERP workloads. 

Big Switch Extends Network Innovations to Automate Hyperconverged Environments

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Big Switch Networks, The Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company, today announced Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), an SDN-based data center network switching fabric, now supports a robust ecosystem of the leading hyperconverged (HCI) solutions, including: VMware vSAN, Dell EMC ScaleIO and Nutanix. 

The introduction of HCI technology has fundamentally altered the enterprise storage landscape by offering increased performance, enhanced data services, lower CapEx, and simplified operations. The network simplicity and automation introduced via Big Cloud Fabric, which leverages an SDN-based leaf/spine Clos fabric and open networking hardware to enable rapid provisioning of networks for HCI scale-out deployments and high performance for large clusters, is ideal for HCI environments. Big Cloud Fabric automates the provisioning of network resources through seamless integration with HCI orchestration systems and provides full visibility of HCI environments to network teams, thus becoming the "networking easy button" for IT teams deploying modern storage solutions and software-defined data centers (SDDCs). Additionally, BCF reduces networking TCO by deploying on industry-standard switch hardware from Dell EMC open networking, Edgecore white box, and the HPE Altoline family.

ALSO launches partnership with Scale Computing across Europe

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ALSO is teaming up with Scale Computing, a market-leading provider of integrated storage, server, and virtualisation software solutions. ALSO will integrate Scale's HC3 software with Lenovo servers to expand the use of hyper-converged solutions across Europe. 

"Scale's HC3 solution complements our existing product portfolio. By integrating with Lenovo servers, it provides the simplified management and cost reductions that are required in today's IT environment. We are committed to working with leading vendors to deliver quality IT services, and our partnership with Scale Computing is a case in point. We look forward to working with Scale to help our customers address the challenges of traditional virtualisation," said Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding AG (SIX: ALSN). 

WinMagic and Scale Computing Partner for Hyperconvergence Benefits from Unified Cloud Security

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Today, WinMagic and Scale Computing announced a collaboration for enterprises who need high performance, highly secure access to their data across their unified public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Through Scale's high availability HC3 hyperconverged platform combined with WinMagic's SecureDoc CloudVM encryption and intelligent key management solution, organizations can secure their cloud workloads while focusing on driving business value.

"The ability to control and manage data flow in and out of an organization is going to become increasingly difficult without the implementation of an enterprise solution capable of keeping ahead of security issues, emerging trends, and ever-evolving compliance regulations. Working with WinMagic puts our customers and partners in control. It also helps reduce security risks, with one simple easy to use solution, that overlays our HC3 platform, and allows users to pursue the advantages of public, private or a hybrid cloud strategy," said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing.

Virtuozzo Expands Storage for Containers Offerings with Availability of New Kubernetes Solution

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Virtuozzo, a hyperconverged infrastructure software provider, today announced the availability of Virtuozzo Storage for Kubernetes. The new solution solves persistent storage selection problems for cloud native environments and applications for Kubernetes (K8s) production deployments. A purely software-defined storage solution that runs on commodity hardware, Virtuozzo Storage for Kubernetes provides easy-to-use, container-friendly storage with native integration and simplfied deployment and management. Virtuozzo's latest application containter storage solution for K8s adds to to its existing solution for Docker containers, which received Docker EE certification in June, providing persistent storage support for today's most popular containerization platforms.  

Both solutions will be featured demos in Booth S17 at this week's DockerCon EU '17 event, taking place in Copenhagen, where Virtuozzo is participating as a Silver Sponsor.

Virtuozzo Storage for Kubernetes is built on top of the Virtuozzo software-defined storage solution and runs seamlessly in K8s ennvironments, enabled by three key integrations: