Startup SimpliVity Tackles Converged Infrastructure With Integrated Server, Storage, Networking


Storage startup SimpliVity on Monday came out of stealth mode with a new converged infrastructure solution which puts server, storage and networking resources into a single appliance that can be managed by a VMware administrator with no specialized training.

That solution, the OmniCube, integrates with VMware's vCenter platform for providing automated management in virtual and cloud infrastructures to make it easy for non-storage, non-server administrators to use, said Doron Kempel, founder of the Westborough, Mass.-based company.

The idea for OmniCube sprang from the realization that IT is too complex, and that small and midsize companies have trouble purchasing technology from multiple vendors and managing it in a single pane of glass, Kempel said.

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"We developed a new IT infrastructure stack from the ground up," he said. "It includes the software and a hardware accelerator card with all the functions a midrange company needs."

The OmniCube is a 2U rack mount system that includes 10 Intel processor cores combined with eight 3-TB hard drives and four 200-GB SSDs, along with the necessary networking resources, as well as a hardware accelerator for high-performance operation.

The heart of the OmniCube, however, is software developed by SimpliVity that provides deduplication of primary, backup, archiving and WAN-optimized storage. The software also provides a cloud gateway that allows it to tie to virtual server instances in the Amazon cloud.

"The OmniCube features virtual machine centricity," Kempel said. "It allows users to move virtual machines and their data across multiple data center, and allows data to be sent to the Amazon cloud. Customers can assign policies to the virtual machines to specify how the data is protected."

The software currently includes the Amazon cloud as part of its dropdown menu on where the data lives but could include other clouds in the future, he said.

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