Cloudistics Launches Ignite 3.0 On-Prem Cloud Platform

IT industry trends seldom follow a straight line. Instead, they can be and are blown hither and yon by many factors, including the strength of the underlying technologies, vendors’ investment and commitment and market enthusiasm. But perhaps most important of all are the dynamic feelings and changing needs of IT customers. That’s why the form and functions of solutions often change radically after they initially appear. Cloud computing provides an excellent example of how this has worked. While the term came into common use over a decade ago, after Amazon introduced its publicly-available Elastic Compute Cloud in 2006, cloud-based services and solutions have gone through numerous permutations since then. However, organizations that wanted to gain the benefits of cloud in their own private data centers were in a quandary, since implementing systems from the ground up required substantial resources and technical expertise. IT vendors, including Cisco, Dell EMC and IBM responded first with converged systems and then hyperconverged appliances designed to simplify on-premises cloud deployments, and their solutions gained significant market traction. But is there another, better way for supporting on-prem cloud? Cloudistics, which launched last year, would argue there is—an approach the company calls Superconverged delivered via its Ignite cloud software platform and Model-S hardware components. The launch this week of Cloudistics’ new Ignite 3.0 software offers a chance to take a closer look at the company and its offerings. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Lenovo and Nimble Storage Join Forces

Today, Lenovo and Nimble Storage announced a joint partnership, furthering the capabilities and the reach of both companies. The near–term product offering that results from the partnership will be Lenovo’s ThinkAgile CX converged system available on October 28th, with Nimble providing the storage element. From a business perspective, the deal makes so much sense for both companies; the real question may be what took them so long. First, let’s start with the obvious benefits. Lenovo gets access to Nimble’s Predictive Flash technology for its converged offering, rounding out its storage portfolio and adding a larger scale converged offering to pair with its existing hyperconverged solutions from the partnership with Nutanix. Nimble Storage gains access to Lenovo’s substantial enterprise sales channel. While the immediate impact will likely be a boost in revenue for both companies, this partnership looks like it goes beyond the simple reselling of technology. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Winter is coming…for the storage industry

We’re about halfway through the latest season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and I’ve been every bit as transfixed to the series as every other devotee I know. I may have gotten started late, but I’m definitely in it for the long haul now. One of the things that was helpful for me as I got caught up was using the internet’s various nerd communities to understand all of the nuances and details of the families and their histories. For example, the show has used “winter is coming” as a tagline from the beginning, and I wanted to get some context on what exactly that was referring to. I turned to the Wikia page for the book series, and came away with an appreciation for what the Starks mean when they say it. To read the complete article, CLICK ON AUTHOR’S...

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Partner or Purchase? Lenovo/Nutanix and IBM/Gravitant

Most IT vendors are in pretty good shape when it comes to their traditional focus areas and core customers. That’s partly due to experience—the more you gain, the better you become at expanding those skills—and partly because of the more or less linear evolution of technology. Scalability and performance tend to improve over time, allowing old skills to be adapted to new scenarios and use cases. But sometimes vendors face a dilemma in how to pursue and exploit market opportunities that lie outside their expertise or product portfolios. When that occurs, further questions arise over developing a new solution or service in-house. The benefits of that approach can be considerable in that the vendor accrues all the returns from its efforts and investments. But there can also be considerable financial risks in this course, along with losing the time required to bring a new solution to market. Alternatively, vendors can pursue these opportunities via collaborative partnerships or through outright acquisitions. Two such efforts occurred this week – Lenovo partnering with Nutanix to develop new hyperconverged solutions, and IBM’s planned purchase of Gravitant, a provider of hybrid cloud management solutions. Both warrant further consideration. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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EMC Announces VSPEX BLUE Hyper-Converged Appliance

EMC announced the availability of the new VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that delivers compute, storage, networking and management powered by VMware EVO:RAIL and EMC software. According to the company, VSPEX BLUE enables customers to go from power on to provisioning virtual machines in under 15 minutes, offering impressive time-to-value when compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure offerings. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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