Jeff Kato, Senior Analyst & Consultant
It was evident after Pivot3 acquired NexGen (in March of 2016) that the focus would be to use NexGen’s strong IP regarding Quality of Service (QoS) and leverage it for HCI environments. Pivot3 quickly announced vSTAC SLX, the first integration of NexGen technology into its HCI lineup. Now they have extended a leadership position in performance QoS capability by extending QoS to data protection features. This allows companies to guarantee both the performance and protection of their mission-critical applications using pre-configured policies and automated application prioritization. Oftentimes when setting up the protection configuration (snapshot and replication frequency or retention periods) the process is orthogonal to tuning for application performance. Making the QoS policy seamless for both performance and protection means that administrators can simplify tasks. Application VMs can now be guaranteed the appropriate business priority end-to-end when created. Pivot3’s flexible administrative approach allows QoS policies to be dynamically applied and changed as needed. They have created QoS scheduling, a feature allowing QoS policy to be changed based on preset daily, weekly and monthly variability.
We believe investing in QoS as a key differentiator is a great move on the part of Pivot3. To gather data and insights related to the converged and hyper-converged infrastructure markets, Taneja Group initiated a primary research study called “All Things Convergence” earlier this year. We surveyed 600+ IT decision makers and practitioners around the globe who represented a wide range of industries and business sizes to get to understand current and planned deployments of converged architectures. Through this primary research, it became clear that customers wanted HCI to succeed as a platform that could handle Tier 1 workloads and replace traditional infrastructure. As the HCI market matures, QoS which enables mixed workloads will become a major differentiator among the numerous HCI vendors. Pivot3 is moving quickly into this arena and I look forward to seeing how their QoS technology continues to evolve the management of HCI environments.
Read the Pivot3 press release here