a pioneer and innovator in the development of hyper-converged
infrastructure (HCI), today announced it has been granted two new
important patents in hyper-convergence technology. The United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Pivot3 U.S. Patent No.
9,086,821 for its “Method and system for execution of applications in
conjunction with RAID” and U.S. Patent No. 9,146,695 for “Method and
System for Distributed RAID.”
Pivot3 now holds 22 issued patents, many seminal in the
hyper-convergence and Software Defined Storage space.
The first patent broadly covers hyper-converged systems that aggregate
storage across nodes to form a virtual storage area network (SAN) and
run applications on the same homogeneous, off-the-shelf units. Pivot3’s
patented Global hyper-convergence software, vSTAC OS, combines multiple
physical drives from separate nodes into a single, flexible storage
resource that also supports server virtualization on the same hardware.
With 12 years of continuous focus on performance, Pivot3’s
hyper-converged solutions are able to deliver maximum processing
performance to run IT workloads by keeping processing overhead to less
than seven percent of compute resources.
The second new patent recognizes Pivot3’s refinements in its unique
Software Defined Storage (SDS) technology, which creates a cross-node
virtual SAN that can be accessed as a unified storage target by any
application running on the cluster.
“Hyper-convergence is now universally recognized for its potential to
deeply disrupt the IT infrastructure space,” said Ron Nash, CEO of
Pivot3. “More than ever, there is a huge focus on the growing role for
hyper-convergence in the data center. Many vendors are recognizing this
and are positioning themselves to be part of this important technology
wave. Pivot3’s newest patents confirm our position as a pioneer in this
space and validates our unique vision for hyper-convergence.”
Pivot3 has invested significant resources to apply its intellectual
property to areas of IT infrastructure that need both high storage
performance and robust data protection at an affordable price. As data
center customers tackle unprecedented levels of infrastructure
complexity, Pivot3’s continuously optimized SDS technology gives
enterprises a powerful alternative to stand-alone storage products and
simply converged systems.
“Delivering highly fault tolerant and efficient storage without
sacrificing compute performance is the most challenging aspect of
hyper-converged infrastructure because it requires deep, specialized
expertise and long-term dedication to arrive at the necessary level of
optimization,” said Bill Galloway, vice president and chief technology
officer of Pivot3. “Our solutions and latest hyper-convergence and SDS
patents are truly about addressing this issue. We were the first to
create a virtual SAN that also has the ability to run applications very
effectively. This points to the technological differentiation and
maturity of Pivot3’s products and the focus on low total cost of
ownership (TCO) that we bring to customers.”