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Pivot3 Announces First Joint Product Combining Technology from NexGen Storage Acquisition with Its Hyperconverged Platform
Pivot3, a pioneer and innovator in the development of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, today announced a new product that provides customers more flexibility in how and where they can apply hyperconverged infrastructures. The new integrated solution is the first step in taking HCI from beyond targeted use cases such as virtual desktop infrastructure, backup and disaster recovery and remote office/brand office (ROBO), and into the full spectrum of data center applications that IT organizations need to deliver.

This is Pivot3's first product offering that leverages the technology gained from the company's February 2016 acquisition of PCIe flash array and Quality of Service (QoS) innovator NexGen Storage. The new offering combines Pivot3's HCI appliances, including its patented erasure coding and distributed architecture, with a multi-tier flash array governed by an advanced QoS engine. The entire system is managed using a new VMware vCenter Server plug-in to provide integrated management of HCI and the flash array tier from one console, including the ability to provision storage services at a VM-level. The result is a single solution that scales performance to meet data center needs, delivers up to 94 percent resource efficiency, provides high availability with sustained performance, and guarantees application performance based on simple policy-based management.

The new solution can be deployed in environments in which there is a diverse set of mixed application workloads or users that need guaranteed performance. It also provides a new dimension of scalability over traditional hyperconverged solutions that lead to over-provisioning for either storage capacity or performance.

"Although hyperconvergence brings a wide range of benefits in targeted use cases, vendors have been unable to deliver a solution that enables IT to confidently consolidate all aspects of the data center, and still scale to the enterprise-grade needs of the data center," said Ron Nash, CEO of Pivot3. "With this new product, we are moving towards that goal; businesses can experience the simplicity and economics of hyperconvergence, while at the same time achieving the guaranteed performance on the PCIe flash storage tier with advanced QoS. We plan to continue developing solutions that further integrate the technology sets from Pivot3 and from the NexGen Storage acquisition."

"We started out using Pivot3's hyperconverged platform for capturing enormous volumes of surveillance video. Because of Pivot3's excellent performance, we are now expanding our involvement with them by adding virtual desktops that include integrated management of HCI and PCIe flash storage," said Philip Lisk, director of information technology for the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. "The new combined solution is exactly what we are looking for, and is another step in our journey with Pivot3 to reduce silos in data within our infrastructure. With the new solution, we hope to reduce overall data center costs while ensuring that performance and availability expectations will be met."

"While the HCI market has been growing rapidly for years, HCI is only just beginning to penetrate the enterprise data center," said Kevin M. Permenter, senior research analyst, IDC. "More and more, HCI vendors are being asked to provide technology that enables enterprises to deploy more applications and workloads on the HCI infrastructure while ensuring performance. Equipped with this capability, Pivot3's latest solution is well-positioned to be a provocative offering for today's modern data center."

The new vSTAC offering is provided in three base configurations and will be available through Pivot3's authorized resellers beginning June 30. For more information, visit pivot3.com.

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016 11:18 AM by David Marshall
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