|[August 22, 2014]
Pivot3 Unveils Hyper-Converged Blade Appliance
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
a leading supplier of hyper-converged solutions, is pleased to announce
its Hyper-Converged Blade Appliance, an innovative solution that vastly
simplifies modular VDI deployments for customers who want to achieve
enterprise scalability with a very large number of users without the
increased complexity and cost of external storage architectures.
The Pivot3 blade appliance uses Pivot3's vSTAC OS software to define and
control a common pool of storage capacity for all virtual machines, and
to create a hyper-converged infrastructure that seamlessly fuses
storage, compute and networking resources for a high-quality desktop
When implemented with Dell (News - Alert) M820 Blades, the Pivot3 blade appliance
delivers significantly increased density resulting in a reduced physical
footprint with lower rack space requirements while achieving maximum
performance and protection for dynamically scaled desktop deployments.
The Pivot3 blade appliance uses the inherent energy efficiency of blades
to support sustainable business practices with lower energy usage and
lower cooling needs.
Benefits of Pivot3 vSTAC HCIA blade-based
Supports up to 10,000 virtual desktops in a single rack, 4x density
improvement over conventional servers. This smaller footprint makes
scale-out operations more efficient.
Combines compute, networking and storage resources into a single,
efficient, self-contained structure. There are no storage bottlenecks
with Pivot3's unique grid connected local storage.
Maximizes CPU, memory and network utilization rates of the blade array
as the Pivot3 platform dynamically aggregates, load-balances and
optimizes storage, compute and network resources ensuring optimal
Delivers up to 20% reduction in energy costs through power saving
efficiency of the blade design.
Combines the scale-out flexibility of hyper-converged solutions with
the investment protection of blades.
Buy as you grow
Pivot3's entry in the VDI market with its vSTAC appliances, more than
two years ago, has generated strong interest from users intent on
harnessing the full power of virtualization.
The Pivot3 vSTAC R2S P-Cubed starter appliance was introduced to allow
organizations to deploy a pilot environment of 100+ desktops in under
one hour, while eliminating the storage sizing and configuration
challenges commonly associated with VDI deployments.
The Pivot3 solution is designed for easy scaling through simple addition
of vSTAC R2S appliances. The fail-safe nature of the vSTAC technology
and the single point of control administration presents compelling value
for VDI users.
"With the roll-out of the hyper-converged blade appliance, Pivot3
effectively delivers VDI to users for whom an investment in blades is a
good fit. Vastly lager organizations can now experience the benefits of
the vSTAC R2S appliance but in a denser hardware configuration that is
more economical to operate while supporting up to tens of thousands of
desktops," said Mike Dunbar, Vice President of Pivot3's Hyper-Converged
Solutions business. "Our new blade appliance offers peace of mind to
customers who administer massive desktop deployments. Our automatic
re-allocation of hyper-converged resources allows for multiple drive
failures or even complete compute node failures with rapid reparation as
components come back online. Quite simply, we are a much more capacity
efficient virtual SAN"
With Pivot3 vSTAC® hyper-converged appliances, all storage and
performance resources are shared across the virtual desktops, but with
the ultimate protection of high availability for compute, network, and
storage. Unlike alternative architectures that require anticipation of
future growth when buying conventional shared storage, Pivot3
deployments elastically grow as workloads increase simply by adding
additional appliances. Customers can their limit investment to the
capacity they need right now when initiating a VDI project; changes in
desktop usage are seamlessly and economically accommodated as needs
grow. Pivot3's technology load balances, manages and converges all
Increased ROI and lower TCO
Pivot3 solutions improve IT efficiency. The blade appliance concept
greatly decreases the time it takes to architect, plan and manage a
virtual desktop environment, specifically for high-volume applications.
The solution automates routine IT tasks, leaving more time for higher
value IT work. Additionally, the vSTAC OS dramatically improves storage
efficiency by providing up to 92% usable storage capacity as compared to
50% or less in other hyper-converged infrastructures.
The Pivot3 blade appliance is managed by the vSTAC OS software, which
runs on the hypervisor, converging all the blade resources across the
cluster to provide maximum system availability. The vSTAC OS creates a
true common storage pool, which distributes data and volume across all
storage resources in the cluster. Distribute erasure coding calculates
parity internally to each blade and distributes across the cluster to
protect against storage failures in a significantly more efficient
manner than other scale-out appliances that only offer simple
"We've designed our vSTAC OS to dynamically adapt the storage required
for desktop virtualization workloads, while simplifying deployment and
enhancing the user experience," said Bill Galloway, CTO and Co-Founder,
Pivot3. "For blade-based, high-density virtual desktop installations,
the Pivot3 vSTAC HCIA blade appliance provides an extremely
cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solution that meets the needs of
current and future VDI environments."
Pivot3 blade appliances leverage the latest release of vSTAC OS
software, which includes:
ElastiCache™ employing 4-64 GB RAM (News - Alert) and SSD flash tier for read and
Building block modular scalability
Automatically load balances, protects and aggregates resources across
the array and across desktops sharing all resources at all times
Superior maintenance and software upgrade experience. If an appliance
is taken offline, VM's migrate to an available space and continue to
function with no downtime.
To learn more about Pivot3, visit the company's Web
site or stop by booth #947 at VMworld in San Francisco.
vSTAC R2S for Virtual Desktop Environments
at VMworld Booth 947
Pivot3 was founded in 2003 on the idea that today's stack of virtual
servers, shared storage and networks could be converged to drive down
complexity and cost while dramatically increasing scale-out performance.
Today, Pivot3 has more than 1,000 customers across the globe deploying
Pivot3 vSTAC® hyper-converged appliances. Pivot3 products are heavily
deployed in the video surveillance and virtual desktop markets, and have
seen particular success in the public sector, transportation, gaming,
education, healthcare and retail vertical segments. The company has won
numerous awards and was most recently selected by Forbes Magazine in
2013 as "One of America's Most Promising Companies," and by CRN in their
top 50 Virtualization list for 2014. To learn more about Pivot3, visit www.pivot3.com.
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