That was Fast! HPE Closes SimpliVity Acquisition


That was fast! HPE only announced it planned to acquire hyperconverged software vendor SimpliVity on January 17, and it closed exactly one month later, on February 17. Why the hurry? Because they need to!

You can't let a market get away from you, and hyperconverged is a fast growing market. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure decisions, we learned that hyperconverged systems are playing a huge role in IT's plans. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure, we found that 85% of them are using or plan to adopt hyperconverged solutions. 

Topics: nutanix Simplivity Converged Infrastructure HPE dell-emc hyperconverged

HPE Acquires SimpliVity as the Market (Hyper)Converges

As you've probably heard by now, HPE announced this week that it intends to acquire hyperconverged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity. This is a definitively good move for HPE. The deal certainly isn't as big as Dell EMC, but it does have far reaching portfolio implications for HPE and its customers and it puts HPE in a much stronger position to take on Dell EMC. HPE now brings more value to the discussion and this aligns with their higher level strategy of focusing on “stack” value.

For IT professionals this is a certainly a win.  HPE is going to bring this to market with force and that will result in more competition, better support and improved buyer leverage.

Topics: Simplivity Converged Infrastructure HPE HCI

SimpliVity's OmniStack version 3.5 — primed for Tier-1 workloads

SimpiVity announced the general availability of version 3.5 of the OmniStack operating system. What’s noteworthy about this release is that it incorporates several new features which help enhance the performance and availability of mission-critical applications, like Oracle, SQL and SAP on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. 

Topics: Simplivity Hyper-converged

VMworld 2015 Had Some Great Marketing

There was some great marketing execution at VMworld 2015.

As a sequel to my blog last year that “Event Marketing Doesn’t Get Enough Credit,” here is my tip of the hat to some of the unsung heroes of tradeshows: the events planners and marketing leaders that ensure that the technology experts and sales folks have compelling venues and leave a strong impression on the attendees, who are hyper-stimulated for four straight days. 

Topics: Veeam Zerto VMworld marketing CommVault Simplivity industry events VMworld 2015 Rubrik

SimpliVity OmniStack 3.0 - The Hyperconverged Power of 3

Numerologists point to the significance of the number “3” as holding great physical and spiritual import. It is linked to multiplicity, creative power, and growth. Hyperconverged player SimpliVity is looking to tap into this triad of abundance with the release of OmniStack 3.0, a major operating system release for its OmniCube hyperconverged platform solution. 

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking Simplivity robo Hyper-converged

Simplivity Changing the Way IT Runs

If you are having any doubts about the IT infrastructure consumption model changing, Simplivity’s series C of $58 million should catch the attention of a lot of IT vendors and IT consumers. Consuming infrastructure piece parts that all perform a specific function and then spending an enormous amount of time integrating, troubleshooting, and supporting IT infrastructure, while fun and challenging for many IT professionals, is not the most efficient use of time nor investment dollars. Consuming a simplified infrastructure architecture that is turnkey, performs on par with or better than the existing hardware platform, AND includes features and functionality that are unattainable for many is where IT is headed.

Simplivity is right in the mix of the market and its timing is well suited to where IT shops are today with virtualization at all tiers and turning the corner towards cloud consumption models. Whether it is a hardware refresh, scaling the virtualized environment, or spanning resources to a public cloud provider, Simplivity is well matched to help in all situations. The fact that Simplivity collapses IT infrastructure is important, but it is everything else Simplivty can do out of the box that really matters. This includes data architecture features that deduplicate, compress, and optimize data locally in a cluster and extend the value with replication and WAN acceleration features, enabling IT to manage a globally distributed platform as a single system.

Topics: Cloud Computing Storage IT Infrastructure Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Compute Virtualization Simplivity

CloudNFV - Network Function Virtualization’s stealthy cloud association

It isn’t easy being a start-up. First, the SDN future looked bright, promising start-ups an opportunity to unseat incumbent IP and Ethernet networking titans. Concerned network and cloud service providers had banded together to form the Open Networking Foundation (ONF.org – now at 100 members) to help define programmable networks with a separate, open control plane, initially based on a coincidentally like-minded university’s OpenFlow controller for an enterprise networking test bed. Facing the doom of rapid traffic growth with little new revenue (the classic ‘scissor’ diagram), the current NSP Capex model to scale networks needed to change or they would need to raise prices, potentially strangling the life from the mobile and Internet golden goose pair. And to take server virtualization to the next level, namely VM mobility, Cloud SPs need network virtualization and SDN to make them bandwidth dynamic and enable application calls for bandwidth on-demand. So venture capital flowed like milk and honey to eager SDN start-ups, all expecting to emulate Nicira’s very good fortune.

But then the sleeping networking giants (a.k.a good shepards, or jolly ranchers?) stirred when they saw their cash cow herds at-risk to the new start-up wolves. Should they armor their cash-cows or might a scarecrow do? On April 8th, 2013 OpenDaylight was launched. From ODL’s mission: At this early stage of SDN adoption, the industry acknowledges the benefits of establishing an open, reference framework for programmability and control through an open source SDN solution. Such a framework maintains the flexibility and choice to allow organizations to deploy SDN as they please, yet still mitigates many of the risks of adopting early stage technologies and integrating with existing infrastructure investments.”

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Networking Juniper AWS Simplivity VCE ONF Public Cloud Service