The End of One Chapter...

I quit my job at HPE today. I start my new job on Monday but that's another blog post. ;-)I started at SimpliVity as the first Solutions Architect (employee 46) in the Southeast US and opened the territory way back in April 2013. We GA'd the SimpliVty CN3000 OmniCube and helped start what is now common place HCI. We pioneered the ability to run our HCI solution on the customers choice of HW vendor. We fought the good fight by not bashing our competition on a daily basis while growing the market from scratch and were acquired by HPE…

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When is a Backup Not a Backup (and When is it)

There’s been a lot of debate regarding backups vs. snapshots lately, and this is a common conversation we have with customers and prospects. This debate usually either directly or obliquely claims that SimpliVity doesn’t have “true” backups. I’m going to spend a bit of time discussing SimpliVity’s own technology — which is what matters to our customers — not any of our competitors’ technology. Let’s start by defining why backups are necessary in every IT shop. This one should be fairly obvious, but backups make it possible to replace lost or damaged data. This loss or damage…

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SimpliVity: A Reflection of the Past Two Years and a $1B Valuation

Well we've hit out of the park with a $1 Billion valuation! I have to say that the ride over the past two years has been a blast. I started in April 2013 as the first Solutions Architect in the Southeast region of the US as employee ~65 and am now part of an ever growing team of around 400+ globally. It has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice by everyone on the team (and our families) but it has been truly worth it. SimpliVity has become the fastest growing infrastructure company in recent memory by setting a…

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Cisco UCS with OmniStack: Two great tastes that taste great together.

Here we are almost a full two weeks after the big Cisco and SimpliVity announcement at VMworld US telling the world about OmniStack being integrated with UCS C-Series and the co-sell partnership between the two companies. I have to say that being at VMworld and hearing all the buzz this announcement created was exciting. Seeing all the press and comments via social networks made it even more impressive. OmniStack with Cisco UCS at VMworld US But the announcement is not what this post is about.  This post is about all the different implementation options Cisco customers now have by using…

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SimpliVity in the Gartner MQ for Integrated Systems?!

When I first heard that this was happening I had to ask myself "WTF is an integrated system?".  Well it turns out that there is a very broad definition of an "Integrated System" in Gartner's eyes.  The market definition/descriptions were: Integrated stack systems (ISS) - Think Oracle Exadata, IBM PureApplication, and Teradata. Integrated infrastructure systems (IIS) - Think VCE Vblock, HP ConvergedSystem, and IBM PureFlex System. Integrated reference architectures - Think EMC VSPEX Fabric-based computing (FBC) - Think SimpliVity and HP Moonshot System. As you can see this could include a number of manufacturers, but…

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SimpliVity: A New Paradigm for VDI Implementations

I need to start this post of with a disclaimer: The OmniCube was developed to run all workloads in the data center. VDI is just another workload that will run on the OmniCube. Brief History In the past VMware and Citrix have released a number of features to help improve the performance and ROI of VDI deployments.  One of those features is the ability to use linked clones.  One of the primary features of linked clones was designed to allow you to save disk capacity on one of the most expensive resources of your deployment.  For VMware View we would…

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SimpliVity: Do I Have To Choose To Scale My Infrastructure or Manage IT Infrastructure Lifecycle? No!

I originally wrote this post for SimpliVity.com but I also wanted to post it here for my normal readers.   One of the problems we have had when we design, implement, and manage our IT infrastructure is how to design for scale but at the same time design for ease of migration and infrastructure lifecycle.  In the past we have always had to design for one or the other because the infrastructure didn’t provide the means to do both. With traditional converged infrastructure you have to scale multiple systems at a time. For example if you work with current…

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SimpliVity Announcement Roundup

I've been working at SimpliVity for 4 months now and the technology and the engineers behind it impress me on a daily basis.  Today we're making a LOT of announcements around the OmniCube (new versions), the OmniStack (the tech behind the OmniCube), and have released some really great analyst reports surrounding all the announcements.  I've tried to capture everything below, but if I've missed anything let me know. The official press release can be found here: Press Release Wikibon Video Announcement by Doron Kempel: Check out a short (4 minute) video of Doron announcing our releases with the Wikibon folks.…

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