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Skyport CEO On Disrupting Nutanix, VMware And Palo Alto Networks With Its 'Software-Defined Data Center In A Box'

Former HP and Symantec executive Art Gilliland talks to CRN about hyper-converged startup Skyport Systems' bullish goals to disrupt the data center market.

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What is Skyport's strategy to disrupt the data center market?

Customers want [data center solutions] to look and feel like cloud. So when you buy a server or a hyper-converged solution today, not only do you buy the server, but you then deploy the software to manage that server. You buy VMware and put VMware on the server, and then you deploy the server. Then you deploy the management service of VMware called vCenter. And if you want security, you buy a firewall or virtual firewall. Then you buy the management software for that firewall. What we said was, 'That's crazy.' In the future, customers are just going to want to have the infrastructure and they're going to want all that service – just like at Amazon -- where you don’t deploy anything. You essentially log into the user interface, click a couple of buttons to tell it what configuration or services you want and they just exist. That's what we built with our cloud management service. Essentially, we're that software-defined data center in a box that is completely managed by the cloud.

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