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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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Who are your main competitors?

The IT budget [spent on Skyport] comes from segmentation firewalls. If you acquire our product, you're not buying segmentation firewalls – firewalls that isolate or micro-segment the workloads you're trying to run. Because we're a compute platform, you also don’t need compute or storage elements of it. So you would see replacement of hyper-converged players, you'd see a replacement of the physical server and virtualization player.

So would you replace a Palo Alto Networks?

We have displaced some of that stuff. It's really about saying, 'I was going to buy a bunch of these firewalls or virtual firewalls to segment-up these applications, but if I use Skyport, I don’t need to do that. So I could use that budget here.' It's a combination of firewalls and the infrastructure compute because you don’t need those two [separately]. So it could be a Palo Alto Networks, a VMware and a Nutanix -- we would basically combine all those three capabilities into one system.

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