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Pivot3 merges hyper-converged and all-flash in vSTAC SLX

Pivot3 clusters its hyper-converged infrastructure boxes with NexGen all-flash to give vSTAC SLX products aimed at multiple workloads, but with key apps’ performance QoS-protected

Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance maker Pivot3 has launched the first fruits of its acquisition of NexGen, with the ability to use its all-flash or hybrid flash capacity as a tier in its vSTAC SLX clusters.

The move will see NexGen technology incorporated as a tier of storage under Pivot3’s snappily named Service Level Extension (SLX) management software, which is a mixture of software controls from both operating environments.

By the end of 2016, Pivot3 hopes to have a truly common operating environment, with flash storage incorporated into its hyper-converged infrastructure and the same hardware across the product range.

Currently, the company’s hyper-converged offerings are on Dell hardware, while the flash and hybrid arrays from the NexGen acquisition are on SuperMicro. The two parts of the company’s offerings are connected by the SLX management layer but still reside in discrete hardware nodes.

For now, Service Level Extension manages the two parts of the cluster – comprised of three Pivot3 boxes and one NexGen – and can provide storage tiering and quality of service.

VSTAC SLX comes in three product offerings for the time being. These are the SLX 50, 100 and 200, which provide 48 or 84 CPU cores and 51TB (36TB hyper-converged, 15TB all-flash), 102TB (72TB/30TB) and 144TB (60TB/204TB).

Pivot3 acquired all-flash array maker NexGen in January 2016. The merger of the two technologies aims to take Pivot3 to a wider market, said CEO Ron Nash.

“In 2015, 98% of what we sold was for one app use cases – VDI, backup, video, for example – but customers liked the operational simplicity and the cost, so we have built a product for more heterogeneous environments with a QoS layer and protection for service levels for key apps,” he said.

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