Product : Pivot3, Acuity [HCI]/10.6.1, Datacenter
Feature : Overview, Assessment, General
Content Owner:  Herman Rutten
Name: Acuity (AC)
Type: Hardware+Software (HCI)
Development Start: 2016
First Product Release: 2017
Pivot3 was founded in 2002 and began to ship its first hyper-converged storage (HCI) platform, Serverless Computing, in 2008. The first Pivot3 appliances were primarily positioned for storing video surveilance data.

Early 2016 Pivot3 acquired external storage system company NexGen Storage and with it its mature N5 operating system that leveraged strong storage QoS capabilities. Pivot3 succesfully combined the N5 OS with its own vSTAC (Virtual Storage and Compute) OS, into a new software stack called Acuity. The Acuity platform was launched in April 2017, although the technology features and software were available in 2016 as part of the Pivot3 SLX product. In July 2018 Pivot3 also switched to the Acuity codebase for its video surveillance appliances.

Pivot3 pursues a vision to radically simplify the datacenter by collapsing storage, compute and network resources onto a powerful, easy to deploy solution that reduces cost, risk and complexity. Pivot3 has by far the longest track-record when it comes to hyper-converged infrastructure, when comparing to the other SDS/HCI vendors in the WhatMatrix.

In July 2018 the company had an install base of more than 2,600 customers worldwide and there were more than 300 employees working for Pivot3.