Hyper-converged infrastructure startup SimpliVity Monday said its business, especially sales of its software on the Cisco UCS server platform, has grown significantly over the past year.
That growth, and an expected IPO sometime in the future, led to its hiring of a couple of executives to fill key roles as the company also invests heavily in expanding its workforce, said Doron Kempel, CEO of the Westborough, Mass.-based vendor.
SimpliVity, which already has raised $276 million in venture funding, is very much in growth mode, Kempel told CRN. Bookings in the second quarter of 2015 were up 250 percent over last year, while customer growth was up 380 percent during that time. The company now has about 550 customers who have deployed more than 2,000 systems, said Kempel, who will be featured in a keynote interview at the upcoming Best of Breed 2015 Conference, hosted by CRN publisher The Channel Company.
SimpliVity also is on a hiring spree, bringing on up to 10 new people, including engineers and sales executives, each week, Kempel said. He expects the company to have 800 employees by year-end.
A big part of that growth stems from SimpliVity's relationship with Cisco to make the technology behind its OmniCube hyper-converged infrastructure appliance available to customers and channel partners with Cisco-focused data center infrastructures.
The combined SimpliVity OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS combines SimpliVity's OmniStack software and its proprietary hardware card with Cisco UCS rack-mount servers for Cisco solution providers and customers.
Together, the solution provides the same combined hypervisor, server, storage, networking, backup, replication, cloud gateway, caching and deduplication capabilities as SimpliVity's own OmniCube appliance.
The Cisco relationship, under which Cisco channel partners can add the SimpliVity software and a proprietary card to Cisco UCS servers for clients instead of selling the integrated SimpliVity hardware appliance, is growing strong, Kempel said.
SimpliVity has sold "hundreds" of solutions for the Cisco UCS platform already, and such sales already account for about 20 percent of all SimpliVity solutions sold, he said.
"We are very much focused on our relationship with Cisco," he said. "It's a positive shadow for us."