Hyper-Converged Startup Nimboxx Exits Stealth With New Appliance, $12M In Funding


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Hyper-converged infrastructure developer Nimboxx exited stealth mode Thursday with $12 million in new funding and the release of its first appliance combining storage, server, networking and virtualization technology.

Nimboxx, founded in 2012, is targeting midmarket customers looking to take advantage of the scalable data center technologies available to large cloud companies, said Trent Fitz (pictured), chief marketing officer at the Austin, Texas-based company.

"We're trying to take the way public cloud providers build data centers and package it for the midmarket," Fitz told CRN. "We're targeting the midmarket, not because of our technology, but because that is the best market to gain traction. In large enterprises, we would be fighting entrenched competition as well as storage and server and networking silos."

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The best way for Nimboxx to enter that market is via solution providers, especially service providers not looking to invest heavily in the necessary infrastructure, Fitz said.

"Service providers can provide hosted private clouds with OpenStack but need a half-rack or a full rack of equipment," he said. "They told us they need something different."

That "something different" is the Nimboxx Mesh Operating System, the company's software stack that includes server, storage, networking, security and virtualization hypervisor technology and installs on commodity server hardware.

The company's hardware is a 1U device containing a mix of flash and disk storage, and can generate 180,000 IOPS of performance, Fitz said.

Customers can deploy a single unit, or scale both capacity and performance by clustering multiple nodes, he said. It can be deployed quickly, with the ability to go from initial configuration to having virtual machines up and running in as few as seven minutes, he said.

That deployment speed is a big factor in why MSP Stream IT already has implemented beta appliances at two customer sites, said Rick Redfern, president of the Austin-based company.

"What's attractive to us is the fact that it's a complete out-of-the-box solution with a minimum impact on host operating systems," Redfern said. "The fact that it is a hybrid spinning disk and solid-state storage array helps keep costs down while providing performance. And the Nimboxx scalability is very attractive. I have a bunch of fast-growing SMBs that can benefit from that."

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