Just a quick post about some recent news.
Hitachi have announced their Accelerated Flash modules have been upgraded to 3.2TB capacity and are now supported in the midrange HUS 150 product. The expanded capacity is behind the predicted schedule of March 2013 and comes 12 months after the initial product launch. At a recent HDS Influencers’ Day in London, Hitachi indicated that these FMD modules had been extremely popular with customers, which isn’t a surprise as they integrate into existing arrays and allow existing functionality around thin provisioning, replication and unified management to be consistently applied.
HP have announced that all new ProLiant Gen8 servers will be provided with a free StoreVirtual VSA licence. This is an interesting approach to combat what could be seen as an attempt by the hypervisor vendors and startups to own the storage array market. I talked about this only last week in this post, where I mentioned how StoreVirtual VSA could be used in a scale out fashion, as it implemented a node-based rather than drive-based RAID system. I’ll be at HP Discover EMEA next month and I look forward to chatting with Kate Davis about the VSA features and comparing them to my checklist in that previous post.
SimpliVity have reported a C-round funding of another $58 million to further the development of their converged storage and compute platform. This brings total funding to $101 million with $18 million and $25 million in A and B rounds respectively. Their nearest competitor, Nutanix has so far only raised just over $71 million with rumours of IPO or fourth round D funding on the cards. This part of the industry is on fire, with Nutanix going after VCDX experts to build out the strength of their team. I would expect SimpliVity to do something similar, as both of these companies ramp up their sales and marketing effort.
- Hitachi Data Systems Introduces Significant New Flash Offerings… (hds.com press release, 12 November 2013)
- Premier Global Investors Infuse $58 Million into SimpliVity to Supercharge Global Transformation of IT Infrastructure (simplivity press release, 18 November 2013)
- HP Removes Cost Barriers to Virtualisation for Small and Midsize Businesses (HP press release, 12 November 2013)
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