Three Hyperconverged Appliance Taxes
To Avoid

Nobody likes to pay extra, especially when it comes to taxes.  On Tax Day in the United States, we wanted to highlight two hidden (and one of the well-known) taxes that most organizations pay when they buy hyperconverged hardware appliances. Hyperconverged infrastructure has traditionally been delivered as an appliance, with software and server hardware bundled and sold together. These appliances are essentially “black boxes” that come in preset configurations, so you can’t add, upgrade or remove capacity.  The appliance approach … Read More

Ecomsa adds Maxta to its Portfolio

This is a translated excerpt from an article that was originally published in InfoChannel, a Spanish-language IT publication in Mexico. Hyper-convergent data centers for any environment  The main business of Maxta lies in offering software for hyperconverged data centers, which is compatible with any hardware brand, which allows it to reach those customers who already have an infrastructure, where in addition to being under perpetual licensing models, it allows a better return on investment. Carlos Huescas, Systems Engineer of Maxta, … Read More

Five Requirements for Hyperconvergence Software

All of the sudden, software has become all the rage in hyperconverged infrastructure.  Just the hint of switching from an appliance model to a software model is enough to get financial analysts in a tizzy and the price of a stock soaring.  And why wouldn’t it?  Software is a much better business model than selling appliances. But even though software is a better business model, most companies start off by shipping appliances.  It’s just much simpler to sell, whether being … Read More

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