How We Deliver “Appliance-Like” Support

Before I joined Maxta last spring, I asked our VP of Engineering a straightforward question: “Since Maxta is a software platform, how can the company provide a customer support experience to match the ‘single point of contact’ experience you get with an appliance or storage array?” In my years at NetApp, EMC and Violin, it was a point of pride that we could deliver end-to-end support on our platform. Of course, it helped that we controlled the hardware. Maxta partners … Read More

Hyperconvergence “Your Way” vs. “Their Way”

I’ve never loved pickles – certainly not the soggy, mass-produced ones that come on most sandwiches. I loved McDonald’s nuggets and fries as a kid, but why were they forcing me to buy pickles on my Big Mac? So when I saw Burger King’s ad as a kid, I knew it was what I wanted – hold the pickles, extra sauce. Though data center infrastructure is vastly more complicated and expensive than a burger, the ability to choose your infrastructure … Read More

Reflecting on Maxta’s 5th VMworld

This year’s VMworld was one for the books – both for Maxta and for me personally. It was Maxta’s fifth year there, and my tenth. I started counting when I stepped off the plane in Vegas realized I’ve attended every VMworld since 2008, when I joined VMware’s product marketing team. Team Maxta ended up talking to several thousand people at the booth. These weren’t just drive-by conversations, either (“Here! Have a pen! Or a useless trinket. Can I scan you?”. … Read More

7 Reasons to Visit Maxta at VMworld 2017

We’re in the final stretch before VMworld 2017, our 5th year exhibiting at the show. Like everyone else, we’re in the mad dash to the finish line, excited about the conference. Whether you already know Maxta or this is the first time you’ve come across us, here are seven great reasons to stop by booth #1301 to see us: Hyperconvergence is key to modernizing your data center. Software is eating the world, and Maxta is the only hyperconvergence software solution … Read More

Appliance-based vs. Software-only HCI Solutions?

What are the main differences between appliance-based and software-only HCI solutions? In the last couple of years, hyperconvergence has made great inroads into the data center, replacing traditional storage arrays and SANs as well as running mission-critical workloads. Today, hyperconverged solutions are predominantly being procured and deployed in two forms: • Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliances: a pre-integrated hardware and software bundle delivered as a branded appliance by a single vendor. Appliance vendors include Dell EMC, Nutanix   and HPE (SimpliVity.) • … Read More

Why Maxta is ‘all in’ on Software

Organizations that have or are moving to hyperconverged infrastructure are well aware that the first question is usually “hardware or software?” We believe the right answer for most is software, and one need look no further than our recent announcement as a reason why. Maxta’s software approach to hyperconvergence makes us far more flexible and nimble in our ability to immediately support new server and storage hardware like the new ®Xeon Scalable Processors from Intel®. On the same day Intel … Read More

Can HCI solutions keep up with new technologies?

In the recent article titled “How HCI vendors threaten innovation opportunities,” TechTarget contributor Alastair Cooke acknowledges the great benefits hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offers in simplifying data centers, but also identifies the trade-offs users may face by locking into a proprietary HCI appliance vendor. Appliance vendors can be many months behind the release of intriguing new technologies, putting their users at a competitive disadvantage. Something as fundamental as driver development and testing must be prioritized by vendors against other requirements and … Read More

Considering Hyper-convergence: What features do you need in your solution?

There’s little doubt that people are looking for hyper-converged solutions based on recent market data.  However, what are the key features they are looking for and what benefits do they hope to achieve? Knowing what others are looking for can help guide your own decisions when evaluating any hyper-converged solution. ActualTech Media’s 2015 State of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Market survey of 500 tech professionals specifically asked what people were looking for in a hyper-converged solution.  The results revealed that 3 features/benefits … Read More

Looking Forward: The Hyper-Converged and SDS Future is Bright

Is the current flurry of the software-defined data center (SDDC) just hype?  Or are enterprises and businesses across the globe really adopting this new approach?  No one needs to question the prevalence of software-defined computing—because almost all analysts agree that over 50% of all x86 workloads in data centers are virtualized nowadays. But what about the other technologies needed for the SDDC vision?  How is the adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined storage (SDS) going?  If storage, along with networking, … Read More

Putting the Software in Hyper-converged Storage

The software-defined revolution is well underway in every cutting-edge data center today.  However, this migration towards “software-defined” is no longer confined to large, public cloud providers who had really pioneered it.  Today—companies of all sizes are exploring and implementing the software-defined data center. While using virtualization to do software-defined computing is commonplace, the next phase should be implementing hyper-converged storage.  Many companies struggle with this challenge, though, because there’s confusion on what hyper-converged storage is, and how a good solution … Read More