HPE, Dell, Lenovo, Cisco, Nutanix Headline Crowded Hyperconverged Field

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HPE, Dell, Lenovo, Cisco, Nutanix Headline Crowded Hyperconverged Field

Hyperconverged data center systems are the newest rage in the converged market space. Here's a look at some of the top players in the market.

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HPE Focuses on the Midmarket

Hewlett Packard Enterprise in March launched the Hyper Converged 380, which is built on the company's ProLiant DL380 servers. Unlike other OEMs that are partnering with third parties, HPE is going with its own hardware, software and firmware. HPE officials also say that while hyperconverged systems will address the needs of most small and midsize businesses, for enterprises they will be stepping stones to composable architectures.

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Dell Teams Up with Nutanix on XC Systems

Dell is building out its XC portfolio of hyperconverged appliances that include Nutanix's software. At the same time, the company—which is in the process of buying EMC for $62 billion—also is reselling EMC's VxRack and VxRail systems that come with VMware virtualization software.

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EMC and Its Federated Companies Go Hyperconverged

EMC, through its Converged Platform business that is based on its former VCE unit and leverages VMware's software, sells the VxRack (pictured) and VxRail hyperconverged systems. Once Dell's acquisition of EMC is complete, Dell's XC systems likely will become part of EMC's Converged Platform Division.

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Lenovo Relies Heavily on Partnerships

Lenovo, with IBM's former x86 server business in the fold, is partnering with the likes of Nutanix and Juniper Networks to grow its Converged HX Series of appliances that are aimed for SMBs and enterprises.

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Cisco Uses Its UCS Architecture as Foundation for HyperFlex

Several years ago, Cisco become a significant enterprise data center player with the launch of its Unified Computing System converged solutions. Earlier this year, the company introduced HyperFlex, which comprises UCS servers, Nexus switches and UCS Manager software, as well as software-defined storage (SDS) technology developed with startup SpringPath, which Cisco has invested in.

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Hitachi Makes the Move From Converged to Hyperconverged

Hitachi Data Systems in June not only announced enhancements to its Unified Compute Platform (UCP) 2000 converged system, but also introduced the UCP HC V240, the first offering in what officials say will be a new family of hyperconverged data center infrastructure.

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Pivot3 Grows Via Acquisition

The company already was selling vSTAC converged storage and compute appliances, but earlier this year bought NexGen Storage, a startup that sold all-flash and hybrid storage arrays. In June, Pivot3 officials announced the vSTAC SLX, the first product to use NexGen technology.

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HyperGrid Puts the Cloud Into the Mix

Late last month, startups Gridstore and DCHQ merged to create a new company called HyperGrid, which officials said is offering hyperconverged infrastructure-as-a-service. HyperGrid is looking to combine Gridstore's hyperconverged all-flash infrastructure with DCHQ's software platform, which creates an offering that provides a hyperconverged infrastructure that comes with a pay-as-you-consume pricing model that is similar to what Amazon Web Services (AWS) has in its own data centers.

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Nutanix Puts the Focus on Software

Nutanix sells its own appliances, but officials say it's software that pools the nodes of a cluster, brings resilience and intelligence to solutions, and fuels the SDS capabilities critical for hyperconverged infrastructures. The company partners with a wide range of OEMs, which puts Nutanix's software on their own hardware.

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SimpliVity Drives Simplicity, Cost Savings With Software

Like Nutanix, SimpliVity also offers appliances as a way to get its software to the market. However, its HyperConverged Infrastructure software is what defines the company. According to a recent report by SimpliVity, its software delivers 22 percent to 49 percent better cost savings than AWS, and the company recently announced a multimillion-dollar deal to replace legacy IT equipment for a financial services firm in the global Fortune 50.

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China's Massive Sunway TaihuLight Dominates List of Supercomputers

China this week toppled the United States from its position atop the global supercomputing world. China not only put a powerful new supercomputer into the No. 1 position on the latest Top500 list of the world's fastest systems that was released this week at the ISC High Performance 2016 show in Frankfurt, Germany, but it also now has 167 supercomputers on the list, two more than the United States, with 165. It's the first time in the more than two decades that the list has been kept that the United States is not home to the largest number of computers. It wasn't entirely unexpected. A report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) two months ago warned that the United States was in danger of losing its edge in high-performance computing (HPC), given the rising competition from other regions, particularly China. The United States is looking to respond. The Department...
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