SimpliVity and Huawei team up in hyperconverged play

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Hyperconverged: it’s a word which elicits knowing nods from those in the industry, and looks of panic from those few who haven’t heard of it. Yet hyperconverged infrastructure, bundling in compute, storage, networking and virtualisation in a software-centric architecture, is here to stay, and Massachusetts-based SimpliVity has today announced a deal to put its OmniStack technology on Huawei FusionServer in a new collaboration.

The offering is available on SimpliVity's all-flash hyperconverged models.

SimpliVity was named as a leader in Gartner’s most recent Magic Quadrant for integrated systems, which covers hyperconvergence, as well as being cited by Computer Weekly as a challenger in the market earlier this year.

Alongside Huawei, the company has forged technology alliances with Cisco, Lenovo and Dell. The latter, which bought EMC for $67 billion in October last year, to also include VCE and VMware, refreshed its hyperconverged lineup earlier this year, with a ZDNet article at the time noting that “every enterprise hardware vendor is rushing to this fast-growing space.”

This time round, the press materials note that Huawei and SimpliVity are two of the fastest growing IT companies addressing the fastest growing markets with this announcement.

“By combining SimpliVity’s revolutionary hyperconverged technology with Huawei’s servers and strong global footprint, more customers will be able to realise the unique benefits that only SimpliVity delivers,” said Doron Kempel, SimpliVity CEO in a statement. “By providing the most complete hyperconverged solution on the industry’s leading server platforms, SimplIVity is putting customer needs front and centre.”

Writing for this publication back in October, Geoff Smith, senior manager at GreenPages Technology Solutions, mused on the issue of day two for hyperconverged – not the implementation, but when the platform is spinning away in the data centre.

“Adopting hyperconverged as your next-generation technology play is certainly something to consider carefully, and has the potential to positively impact your overall operational maturity,” he wrote. “You can reduce the number of vendor technologies and management interfaces, get more proactive, and make decisions based on real data analytics.

“Hyperconverged platforms can certainly enhance and help mature your IT organisations, but they do provide only part of the story,” Smith added.

You can read more about SimpliVity and Huawei’s collaboration here.

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