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Wednesday 16 May 2018

HPE buys Plexxi for hyperconvergence

HPE buys Plexxi to boost HCNHPE’s planned acquisition of software defined networking (SDN) specialist Plexxi will boost its hyper converged data centre proposition to support customer hybrid IT migration, and also marks the closer alignment of HPE’s solutions with partner VMware.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the 100-strong New Hampshire start-up has reputedly raised US$83m in funding and was last valued at $267m in 2016. It comes with a small customer base in the US including Iron Mountain, Washington State University and Kronos, plus an EMEA sales channel.

Plexxi’s technology is built on the concept of “intent based networking”, embedding virtualisation within integrated server, storage and networking solutions to deliver more flexible, automated application hosting and delivery options for larger enterprises and cloud service providers (CSPs).HPE buys Plexxi to boost HCN

The deal was announced on the same day that Plexxi upgraded its HCN software to enable closer integration with VMware NSX and vSphere, mirroring HPE’s own Synergy “composable” architecture which is also closely tied to (and marketed alongside) the same VMware products.

HPE’s hyperconverged networking (HCN) proposition is built partly on its own data centre hardware and partly on technology it acquired from SimpliVity for US$650m in 2017. Similar hyperconverged solutions aimed at large enterprises and CSPs are available not only from VMware itself as well as its Dell EMC parent, but also Cisco (which acquired Springpath last year), Huawei, Microsoft and Nutanix amongst others.

While there are many competitive players, we think hyberconverged infrastructure presents a big market. There is steady demand for upgrades to data centres populated by older server, storage and network infrastructure struggling to cope with the performance and capacity demands presented by increased volumes of cloud workloads, particularly when it comes to supporting hybrid IT delivery (read our report Azure Stack: Where Microsoft’s New Private/Hybrid Cloud Platform Sits in the UK Cloud Services Ecosystem here).

Posted by Martin Courtney at '08:32' - Tagged: SDN   HPE   hyperconvergence   Plexxi  

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