1HPE, Dell, Lenovo, Cisco, Nutanix Headline Crowded Hyperconverged Field
2HPE 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.
3Dell Teams Up with Nutanix on XC Systems
4EMC 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.
5Lenovo Relies Heavily on Partnerships
6Cisco 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.
7Hitachi Makes the Move From Converged to Hyperconverged
8Pivot3 Grows Via Acquisition
9HyperGrid 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.
10Nutanix 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.
11SimpliVity 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.