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HyperGrid swears off hardware, favors HyperCloud SaaS

Hypergrid put the finishing touch on its shift from storage hardware to SaaS-based delivery with the introduction of HyperCloud. The company formerly known as Gridstore said HyperCloud helps enterprises build scalable IT services with pay-as-you-go SaaS subscription pricing.

“We believe cloud is a model, not a destination. We want to help enterprise CIOs transform their applications to containers and microservices architecture,” HyperGrid chief product officer Manoj Nair said.

HyperGrid’s new hybrid cloud integrates container technology picked up from DCHQ. Gridstore and DCHQ merged in June, renaming the combined company as Hypergrid.

HyperCloud bundles Hypergrid 3U hyper-converged appliances, HyperForm container orchestration and the software-defined HyperWeave fabric that integrates servers, all-flash storage and programmable network switches.

Customers may deploy HyperCloud as an integrated appliance in their data centers or consume applications, infrastructure and platforms via 18 hybrid cloud partners.  Metered billing is the same regardless of deployment method.  Containers, hyper-converged infrastructure, SQL Server instances, virtual desktops and unified cloud management are purchased as discretely consumed virtual units.

HyperForm provides lift-and-shift cloud migration. Internally developed containers could be hosted locally or burst to the cloud with policy-based governance and security.

The HyperCloud launch includes a new Hypergrid block storage driver, permitting Docker containers to run directly on all-flash storage. Scale-out flash storage gets a boost with support for nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) drives.  A single Hypergrid node can support 10 TB of NVMe flash across 100 Gigabit RDMA over Converged Ethernet fabric.

HyperCloud has qualified Dell PowerEdge C Series and Hewlett Packard Enterprise DL Series ProLiant rack servers and Micron NVMe drives. Minimum subscription is a one-year term.

Hypergrid’s cloud-based services model marks a departure from the company’s origins as Gridstore, which started out selling Microsoft-only arrays before adding all-flash hyper-converged appliances in 2014.

“We are (no longer) focused on selling a disk hardware appliance,” Nair said. “That business model is in the past.”