You normally would expect the summer to be a quiet period, even for the IT industry. But market dynamics just won’t allow it so it would seem, at least when in comes to the SDS/HCI space. Apart from new software releases there was also the occasional company-related news that made the headlines during the summer holidays, both good and bad.



Starting with the latter: Atlantis, producer of both USX and HyperScale, reported major financial difficulties back in June. Although Hive-IO, another player in the software-defined datacenter space acquired Atlantis’ IP, technology and products towards the end of July, to this day the future of USX and HyperScale remains sketchy at best. Most probably we’ll see Atlantis’ patented tech adopted in the broader positioned Hive-IO platform. On a more positive note: during the summer period Cisco both announced and completed the official acquisition of Springpath, the company it has worked with very closely on the HyperFlex platform, reaffirming Cisco’s commitment to HyperFlex and its overall strategy to transition to a software-centric vendor. 

Here are the most important changes in recent updates of our listing of SDS/HCI platforms:

Nutanix ECP 5.1.2 / 5.2
– AOS 5.1.2 primarily includes release-specific resolved issues
– AOS 5.1.2 offer support for VMware vSphere 6.5U1
– AOS 5.2 exclusively provides support for IBM Power Systems
– Updated Nutanix customer numbers

VMware vSAN 6.6.1
– VMware Update Manager build recommendations for vSAN
– Advanced performance diagnostics
– Support for locator LEDs on vSAN disks in HPE Proliant Gen9 servers
– Updated vSAN customer numbers

Dell EMC VxRail 4.5
– vSAN 6.6 Enterprise functionality onboarded eg. native software-based data-at-rest encryption and enhanced stretched cluster availability with ‘Local Fault Protection’
– Support for VMware vSphere 6.5U1
– Support for Dell PowerEdge G13 server hardware
– Support for NVIDIA Tesla M10 GPU hardware
– Updated VxRail customer numbers

Cisco HyperFlex 2.6
– Support for VMware vSphere 6.5U1
– Support for Cisco UCS C-Series M5 server hardware
– Support for mixing M4 and M5 nodes within the same cluster (except in HX Edge configurations)
– Support for 128MB DIMMs and a maximum of 3TB memory in M5 nodes
– Support for NVIDIA Tesla P40 and AMD FirePro S7150X2 GPU hardware 
– Updated HyperFlex customer numbers

HPE VSA 12.7
– Support for VMware vSphere 6.5U1 and Microsoft Hyper-V 2016

HPE HC380 1.1U2
– HC380 Management UI supports VMs created in VMware vCenter
– Enhanced vMotion compatibility (EVC) support
– Support of Virtual Distributed Switches (vDS) for customer production networks

Atlantis USX / HyperScale
– Suspended from the SDS/HCI category pending clear future plans from HiveIO

We’re also proud to announce the upcoming expansion of our SDS/HCI category with another HCI vendor: Pivot3. The company is a veteran when it comes to delivering hyper-converged storage solutions, and views its “Acuity” platform as the new industry-standard in hyper-convergence. We’re quite thrilled to work with Pivot3 on this endeavour and to see where the Acuity platform stands out from the existing entries within the WhatMatrix SDS/HCI category. Stay tuned!

Herman Rutten – Category Consultant SDS & HCI
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Herman Rutten

Technical consultant and Solutions architect with 20 years of field experience. At first focused on on-premises IT Infrastructure including enterprise servers, storage, virtualization, backup/restore and disaster recovery. Following evolutionary industry changes the scope has gradually broadened to public cloud, data security, hybrid connectivity and advanced analytics. Category Lead for the independent WhatMatrix Analyst community since 2015.

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