IBM jumps on the hyper-converged bandwagon

IBM jumps on the hyper-converged bandwagon

Last week’s announcements further show that HCI has gone mainstream.

One of the world’s largest and most storied legacy players, IBM, said it is investing $1 billion in SDS. This BusinessInsider article, In another brilliant move, IBM just budgeted $1 billion to take down EMC,  discusses IBM’s strategy. It also features Nutanix as the “poster child for this new market”.

In the introductory article to this blog site, I described how seven legacy datacenter manufacturers control $56 billion of the annual $73 billion server and storage market. Here’s an updated status of their participation in the HCI space:

HP:                         StorVirtual & EVO:Rail

IBM:                      Announced HCI strategy

Dell:                       Dell XC (Nutanix OEM) & EVO:Rail

Oracle:

Hitachi:               EVO:Rail

Cisco:                    Teamed with Maxta & Simplivity. Investment in stratoscale.

EMC:                     VSPEX Blue & ScaleIO

NetApp:               ON TAP EVO:Rail

As IBM’s server business transitions to Lenovo, the Chinese giant should replace IBM on the list. Lenovo hasn’t yet announced an HCI offering – but undoubtedly it will.

Springpath

Springpath, another HCI start-up, came out of stealth mode last week. Formerly known as Storvisor, Springpath was founded by a couple of VMware veterans (maybe they decided to grab the new name since VMware spun off SpringSource to Pivotal?).

Springpath has $34 Million in funding from Sequoia, Redpoint and other VCs. VMware’s Duncan Epping wrote a complimentary piece about the company on Yellow-Bricks, though Forbes was somewhat critical. I do think that their subscription model is intriguing.

FalconStor

Last week also saw an erroneous headline claiming that small but 15-year old IT company, FalconStor, announced a hyper-converged solution. The new FreeStor is actually a “horizontal converged data services platform”, but it just goes to show how hyper-convergence has become so top-of mind.

Other HCI Players

In addition to industry leader Nutanix and the large legacy players and their partners mentioned above, the other manufacturers who have, or who have announced, HCI solutions include:

Atlantis Computing

Citrix Sanbolic (recent acquisition)

DataCore

Huawei (partnered with DataCore)

NIMBOXX

Pivot3

Pure Storage

Scale Computing

StorMagic

VMware VSAN

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